The Infamous Slide: What Lies Ahead for Ruben Tejada

The slide that broke Tejada's fibula boneFans could not believe their eyes: Dodgers’ player Chase Utley (now the official villain of the MLB 2015 playoffs) ‘slid’ into Mets’  star Ruben Tejada, leaving Utley with a (contested at the time of this posting) 2-game suspension and Tejada with a season-ending broken fibula.

With all the talk of playoff outcomes and revenge plays, little attention has been paid to Tejada’s long-term prognosis and the effect this injury may have on his career. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what happened:

The fibula is located on the outside part of the shin; it’s the smaller of the two shin bones. It’s job is to stabilize the ankle ligaments that attach to it, preventing the ankle from rolling when you walk or run.

Post-fracture, Tejada will be banned from running for at least 4-6 weeks; fortunately, his injury occurred just above the ankle joint, making a full recovery far more likely. However, since the season will be well-and-done by the time Tejada is cleared to play, the team will likely go easy on him during his recovery period, allowing him to rest far longer than he would have been permitted if the incident occurred earlier in the season.

So, from the Mets’ perspective, this injury happened at the very worst possible time. But from the eyes of a Houston podiatrist, the timing of the fracture could mean a much stronger MLB future for Tejada, thanks to his additional rest time.