Brewers GM Hospitalized After Scorpion StingS

Do you want to know why Florida should stop worrying about losing its spring-training teams to Arizona? This. This is why.

The Brewers hold their spring training at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, where there's nice weather and plenty of potential opponents nearby. But there are also SCORPIONS. Here's Tom Haudricourt:

Melvin just told me that he reached down to pick up what he thought was a harmless bug with a Kleenex but it turned out to be an Arizona bark scorpion. Melvin was stung on the middle finger of his left hand and when he started experiencing numbness going up his arm, he Googled scorpion stings and decided he better go to a hospital.

"I spent three hours in an emergency room in Scottsdale," Melvin said Thursday morning at the Brewers' Maryvale training complex. "My arm is still totally numb.

"It stung me right through the Kleenex. My arm started swelling and then the numbness started going up my arm, like when you hit your funny bone. I was wondering if it might go all the way up my arm and go to my heart. I got nervous when it got up to my shoulder, so I went to the emergency room.

The ER docs gave Melvin painkillers, too. So, MLB GMs who covet Ryan Braun: Get on that phone before they wear off.

Scorpion sting sends GM Doug Melvin to hospital [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, h/t Philippe]