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Chad Billingsley Breaks Leg in Freak Injury

This isn't quite a tale out of the Clint Barmes drawer, but it's close: Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley suffered a spiral fracture of the fibula in his left leg when he slipped on ice and fell down the stairs of this Reading, Penn. home on Saturday. Yes, this really did happen, with Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch confirming the injury -- and the fact that it happened on a nasty fall caused by Pennsylvania ice -- to the relatively obscure baseball blog Baseball Toaster: Dodger Thoughts on Saturday night.

Billingsley has already undergone surgery to place a plate in his left leg that will allow the break to heal. The team is hoping for Billingsley to be out of his cast in as little as two weeks, and seems optimistic that he'll be completely ready for pitchers and catchers to report for spring training.

And who, pray tell, tipped off Dodger Thoughts author Jon Weisman about Billingsley's injury? Why, that would be Highlands Today sports editor Brian Gjurgevich, who has a friend whose son was in the emergency room at the same time as Billingsley. You can't make this stuff up.

Since Billingsley is expected back before the start of full spring training, it's hard to imagine that this affects L.A.'s offseason plans. Still, leg injuries can have nasty lingering effects, and you never like to hear the phrase "stabilizing plates". It's not quite on the level of "going to see Dr. James Andrews" or "elbow tendinitis", but it isn't good news, either.

Can anyone remember the last time we had an serious, ice-related baseball injury? I'm scratching my head on this one, but I'm sure there's some folks out there who've got a story they're itching to tell. We're listening ...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 23, 2008; 1:35 AM ET
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P Carlton Loewer, after being traded from Philadelphia to San Diego, fell 15 ft out of a tree blind while hunting in his native Louisiana (back in 2000, I think). He broke his leg and was out for half the season . . .

I think that was the Andy Ashby trade . . . . which didn't really work out well for either team.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | November 23, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I must enter one of the bigger snow and ice injuries in this contest. Coming off a Cy Young season and a near perfect game in the '67 World Series, Gentleman Jim Lonborg ruined his knee (maybe broke a leg) skiing the following winter. Rumor has it he was tripped by Babe Ruth's ghost. This led to the collapse of the New England ski industry (until snow making, quad chairs, and Les Otten). Lonborg never was quite the same, but turned into a heck of a dentist. Otten, of course, was the original partner of Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, before MLB brought them together with John Henry.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 23, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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