Originally posted by Niners99:
why does everyone keep saying he broke his leg....he fractured his ankle. he didnt snap his femur in half.
The bone he broke is the fibula, which is the small bone that runs from the knee down to the ankle area where it attached to the tibia (shin bone). It's job is "steering" the foot. As such, it is not as critical as the tibia, which is the weight-bearing bone.
The problem with a fracture of the fibia at this location is that the blood supply is not as great as it is higher up the bone and dramatically less than the tibia. The result of all that is that it frequently takes a much longer time for the fracture to heal due to the lesser amount of blood flow. Not to shop for trouble but it is not uncommon for fractures in this area to never fully heal.
As others have noted, the ligament damage, the extent of which remains unknown, is the substantially greater concern. From early descriptions of the MRI results, it is very unlikely he will return this season. The stress placed on the foot from playing the position will demand that he be fully healed before any return to normal play. The very best that could be hoped for would be to see some time at first base at the end of the season.
[ Edited by dj43 on May 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM ]