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 ...
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