Free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger recently tripped and experienced a break in his right fibula, according to CBSSports.com reporter and MLB Network correspondent Jon Heyman.

Keppinger suffered the injury by tripping down stairs at his home, according to Heyman, who cited Major League sources saying the small break in Keppinger's calf area has been surgically repaired. Heyman reports Keppinger hopes to be healthy by mid-January and expects to be full-go by Spring Training.

The injury comes at a poor time for the 32-year-old infielder, who hit a career-high .325 this season for the Rays. An eight-year veteran, Keppinger can play all four infield positions and still is expected to be one of the most sought-after infielders in a relatively weak free-agent class.

According to Heyman, Keppinger's agent, Keith Grunewald, has been said to be forthright regarding the injury as prospective teams have been looking at medical reports.