Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star third-baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist after getting plunked last night against the Athletics. The Dodgers third baseman said he would visit with doctors again on Tuesday to learn more about the wrist injury.
Turner, one of the instrumental figures in the Dodgers World Series run previous year, was hit by a pitch on Monday night (March 19) in a pre-season game against the Oakland Athletics. The red-haired slugger has blossomed in LA, posting back-to-back 5.5 WAR seasons in '16 and '17, was off to another excellent start this spring.
Roberts did not reveal a timeline for how long Turner will be sidelined, although the Dodgers' manager acknowledged Monday night that "weeks are involved when you're talking about a fracture of any sort". "There are guys who can move around".
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Second baseman Logan Forsythe could be an option to replace Turner. He stepped into the national spotlight in the postseason previous year with his long hair and giant red beard, earning NLCS MVP honors after hitting.333 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI against the Chicago Cubs.
Turner, 23, hit.322/.415/.530 (149 OPS+) with 32 doubles, 21 homers, 71 RBI and 72 runs with 59 walks and 56 strikeouts in 130 games last season.
The Dodgers will cover Turner's absence with depth and defensive versatility, but he's still one of their biggest bats and losing him for any amount of time is a blow.