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Oh, My Toe Bone! Ross to DL With Broken Foot


It wasn’t exactly a toe bone Deputy Dawg. Nevertheless, the nasty foul ball Cody Ross hit off his foot last Friday night and the resulting fracture of his navicular bone is a big blow to a team already reeling from injury-itis.

I broke the navicular bone in my wrist playing basketball when I was a young man and do you know what the doctor said to me? “Ordinarily, you’d heal in 4-6 weeks but the navicular bone’s claim to fame it that one of the smaller bones in the body and it’s surrounded by other bones. As such, it is one of the most poorly blood supplied bones in you body. It’s heals slowly due to the poor blood supply so you’re going to be in a cast for 6-8 weeks.

This is the same bone that Dustin Pedroia broke June 25, 2010. Pedroia returned to action on August 17 and after two games packed it in for the season and got a screw surgically, well, screwed in to fix it.

Take a look at the diagram. The navicular bone looks like a smaller bone surrounded by other bones to me. If Ross comes back and makes any impact at all this season Boston will be lucky.