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Salo suffers mystery injury, scratched from Bolts’ season opener

Oct 3, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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Odd development out of Boston tonight as Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo — who took part in the morning skate and hasn’t missed any practices recently — was pulled from the lineup in favor of Mark Barberio.

Salo, 39, reportedly suffered some sort of upper-body injury.

While it’s unclear exactly what caused the injury, how it happened or what the severity is, news of Salo getting hurt won’t come as much of a surprise. Despite a surprisingly healthy 2013 campaign that saw him play in 46 of 48 games, the veteran Finn has had horrible luck with injuries over the course of his career.

In 2011, a Globe and Mail article on Salo suggested he’d suffered around 40 injuries throughout his career, including a torn Achilles that cost him 52 games during the 2010-11 campaign.

Salo is in the second season of a two-year, $7.5 million deal signed with the Lightning in 2012. He scored 17 points last season and averaged nearly 21 minutes per night.

  1. imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Oh yeah, familiar with this story. Salo sneezes and pulls a hammy.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    When I first read the title I thought you were saying “Salo suffers mystery injury, scratched IN Bolts’ season opener” (like his skin was literally scratched by the uncut nails of an opponent or something), not scratched FROM the home opener.

    You can imagine I then had to read to find out why it was a mystery. I couldn’t think of a probable situation where a player literally being scratched during a game would become a mystery, unless they just randomly started appearing on his body and it was believed to of been stigmata…

    I’m really bummed to find out that wasn’t the case.

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