De Jesus Breaks Left Leg in Collision

The Dodgers 2008 Minor League Player of the Year, Ivan DeJesus, Jr., broke his leg sliding into home plate in a "B" game against Milwaukee at Camelback Ranch. DeJesus, the heir-apparent of the Dodgers' shortstop position was taken to a nearby hospital and a A determination as to whether he will need surgery is expected to be made today (Tuesday).

The play happened in the Dodgers' half of the fourth inning as De Jesus, the second-highest ranked prospect in the organization according by LADugout.com, attempted to score from second on a single.

He crashed into Brewers' Carlos Corporan who was blocking the plate, and De Jesus hit the catcher's shin guards. De Jesus at home plate until he was removed from the field on a golf cart and X-rays revealed that he had broken his lower tibia.

DeJesus was transported to nearby Banner-Estrella Medical Center with a full brace on his left leg, where he will remain overnight.

Trainer Stan Conte said through a Dodgers spokesman that De Jesus' long-term status wouldn't be determined until a decision is made about surgery. He was taken to the hospital.

Asked whether he thought the injury would indeed cost De Jesus the season, manager Joe Torre said: "If not all, probably most of it. That's my opinion just off the fact that there's a chance of surgery. His age will be on his side."

De Jesus, 21, batted .324 last year for Double-A Jacksonville, second in the Dodgers' system and also was second with 150 hits and a .419 on-base percentage. He led all full-season Dodgers Minor Leaguers last season with 91 runs scored and 76 walks. He finished fourth in runs created (82.16), remarkably high for a shortstop and he trailed only three outfielders. In addition, he stole 16 bases in 18 attempts.

Ironically, he had hoped to play for Puerto Rico in the WBC, but he didn't make the team. If he had made the team, he would have left early Monday morning with the rest of the players.

His father, Ivan De Jesus Sr., was a Major League second baseman from 1974-88 and played his first 88 games over the course of three seasons with the Dodgers.

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