This is a 2012 photo of Jeff Keppinger of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the Rays' active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jeff Keppinger can't catch a lucky break. Instead, he just gets more broken bones.
The Parkview graduate is back on a major league disabled list, this time with Tampa Bay.
Keppinger, 32, was the victim of a freak mishap on Sunday in the finale of the Rays' series with the Braves in St. Petersburg.
The veteran infielder was struck in the right foot by a foul ball off the bat of the Braves' Martin Prado and suffered a broken big toe. He is expected to be sidelined about a month.
Keppinger, who went on to star at Georgia after leaving Parkview, has been beset by injuries throughout his career. He broke a leg while still in the minors, fractured a kneecap with Cincinnati in 2008 and missed the first part of last season with Houston following foot surgery.
When healthy, the versatile Keppinger has always been a solid right-handed hitter who rarely strikes out.
The Dacula resident came into this season with a .281 career average and had struck out just once every 16.1 plate appearances -- the second best mark among active players.
Keppinger was signed by the Rays as a free agent in the offseason after finishing last year with San Francisco and had found himself in the cleanup spot in the order for some games while playing all over the infield and also serving as the designated hitter.
Keppinger was batting .295 with two homers and eight RBIs in 29 games. Against lefties, his average was .417.
This is Keppinger's eighth season in the majors and he has played with six teams -- Mets, Royals, Reds, Astros, Giants and Rays. He hit .332 in the second half of the 2007 season with Cincinnati, but his best full year was with Houston in 2010, when he batted .288 with 34 doubles and 59 RBIs.
The Rays acquired former Gwinnett Braves infielder Drew Sutton from Pittsburgh to take Keppinger's roster spot. Sutton had been dealt to the Pirates by the Braves just two days earlier.
Before the 2009 season, Keppinger was traded to Houston by Cincinnati in exchange for Sutton.