"I think I should stay on the ground."
Canberra Cavalry infielder Jason Sloan has never spoken truer words.
Having made his Australian Baseball League return during the summer after he broke an ankle falling off a ladder and getting stuck upside down in a tree, the 25-year-old has now fallen through a carport roof and landed on his back on a concrete floor.
It means the Weston Creek Indians coach was in doubt for the ACT baseball first-grade preliminary final series against the Ainslie Gungahlin Bears, starting at Narrabundah Ballpark on Saturday.
Having finished second behind the Belconnen Bandits, and with rain forecast over the weekend, the Indians just need a washout to get through to next weekend's decider.
It would give Sloan valuable time to recover from a bad back, after X-rays cleared him of anything more serious.
"I was putting a beam in the roof for work maybe last Thursday and I was on the carport roof getting it ready . . . and I slipped on the plank and fell straight through the carport and landed on my back on the concrete slab," Sloan said.
"So I've got a jarred back and bruised ribs and bruised kidneys, pretty bad.
"I should probably stay on the ground I reckon. Every time I go up on a ladder, I hurt myself."
The Indians go into the best-of-three series against the Bears as favourites, having won 25 of their 30 games this season.
They boast former Cavs infielder Josh Matavesi, who has set a new home run record for the regular season of 16 and is part of an explosive offence along with former ABL championship series most valuable player Aaron Sloan.
To make the task of containing the Indians even tougher, one of the Bears' pitchers, Pat Lawson, has a torn labrum.
That leaves Josh Hildebrand and Kyle Perkins to carry their defence, up against Indians starters Gavin Guarrera and Aaron Sloan.
ACT BASEBALL FIRST-GRADE PRELIMINARY FINAL
Weston Creek Indians v Ainslie Gungahlin Bears
At Narrabundah Ballpark.
Saturday 6pm, Sunday 3pm and 6pm (if required)