Thursday , Oct , 15 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Exploding Exercise Ball Injured Francisco Garcia

Yet most of this season was taken from Garcia when the exercise ball on which he lay while lifting two 90-pound dumbbells exploded. The accident, Garcia said, is as surreal now as it was when it happened.

"Just a regular day, lifting weights," he said. "I was out there, on the PhysioBall. We’ve got an understanding that the exercise was good. We’d been doing that, and it exploded on me.  I didn’t have time to react or anything. It’s crazy, man. I keep reflecting in my head. It’s crazy."

Garcia said he hopes to travel occasionally with the team and maintain a strong connection.

"I want to be here as much as I can, be on the road as much as I can," he said. "I just want to be there with them, as a teammate, as a friend, as a leader. I think they really need me out there, even if I’m not playing."