Steve Palermo, the former major-league umpire, said Wednesday he will attend the Kansas City Royals’ home opener on Tuesday, a little more than three months after suffering multiple leg fractures in a fall at his Overland Park, Kan., home.
Palermo’s umpiring career ended when he was shot in the back outside a Dallas restaurant almost 17 years ago, rendering him a paraplegic. He walks with the aid of a cane. Following his fall in early January, Palermo, who works as a major league supervisor of umpires, underwent surgery and was told the recovery would require three to six months. He initiated some weight-bearing exercises last month.
“My leg gave out and just snapped,” he said. “It’s one of the offshoots of the [original] injury. So, just get it fixed and move on. I’m getting around OK.”