Baseball pundits are fairly confident the Dodgers under financially strapped owner Frank McCourt won't be able to afford bids on Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols when free agency rolls around. But McCourt might have more important checks to write.
Lawyers for Bryan Stow, who was savagely beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, say it will cost more than $50 million to treat his injuries.
The AP reports (via CBS 2 San Francisco) the staggering amount was part of a damage estimate in court papers filed in Los Angeles on Friday. Stow and his children have sued Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and 13 other employees of the team. The suit accuses the Dodgers of having a lack of security, lighting and other problems at Chavez Ravine.
Stow's lawyers said that their client suffered cuts to his tongue, eye and slit to his nose, ear and lip during the attack.
In addition, the complaint states that the injuries from the assault "caused Bryan Stow to become comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis."
Stow's health has gone through several fluctuations since the beating; it's not known how long his recovery will take.
The cash-poor McCourt has been in a legal battle to keep control of the Dodgers. In April Major League Baseball took over day-to-day operations of the iconic franchise because of concerns over his ability to meet payroll.
The Dodgers finally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late June.