That’s gotta hurt: Brewers’ K-Rod injured after stepping on a …

Francisco Rodriguez is preparing for his 13th season in the majors.

Mike McGinnis

Last year it was a scorpion sting, now it’s a cactus.

The Milwaukee Brewers were hit with another strange spring training injury Wednesday, as manager Ron Roenicke revealed Francisco Rodriguez may have his Cactus League debut pushed back because the veteran reliever stepped on a cactus.

Rodriguez was barefoot when he took the misstep Tuesday, the team’s first day off during the exhibition season.

"He took a lot (of the spines) out, but there’s some more in there," Roenicke said. "I don’t think it’s that big of a setback, but I imagine he’s pretty sore today. I don’t know if you guys have stepped on one, but you know how little some of the (spines) are? And they’re in there for a while."

Rodriguez, who signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Brewers in February, reported to camp late after having issues getting a work visa amidst the turmoil in his native Venezuela.

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The 32-year-old was scheduled to pitch Thursday against San Diego, but that is currently up in the air.

"He may come in today and say, ‘I’m pitching.’" Roenicke said. "I don’t know. It’ll be tough to keep him back, the way he is.

"It could happen. I just have to talk to him and see how he’s doing."

The Brewers have a history of weird spring training injuries, most recently a scorpion stung general manager Doug Melvin in 2013.

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