Winter, 2008: Chad Billingsley breaks his leg slipping on Pennsylvania ice.
Winter, 2009: Vicente Padilla is shot in the leg at a shooting range by his friend/bodyguard.
And now, after he signs a one-year, $5 million contract, you know...the rest of the story. From "Dodgers' Vicente Padilla comes through with truth about shooting incident" by Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
When word trickled out of Nicaragua in November that Vicente Padilla was shot, his agent said the bullet only "grazed" his leg.
Some graze that was.
Pointing to a spot high on his right thigh, Padilla said, "It went in here." Touching the back of his leg, he continued, "And it went out the other side." [...]
"We waited until after hunting season to engage in serious discussions," Colletti said.
Graze, exit wound, what's the difference? Score one for the agents. Glad Ned Colletti has a sense of humor about it — because if Padilla struggles this season, the Dodgers may have shot themselves in the foot by re-signing him.
Also: Vicente Padilla discusses incident (Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com)