The Dodgers received bad news last night when Justin Turner suffered a fractured left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a Spring Training game against the Oakland A’s. He is going to start the year on the disabled list and the Dodgers have no timetable for his return.
Turner was hit by a pitch thrown by A’s pitcher, Kendall Graveman. It was obvious that Turner was in pain as soon as he was hit. He was removed from the game and replaced by Donovan Solano. Turner immediately was taken to a local hospital for x-rays. Unfortunately, the x-rays came back positive. Turner is going to visit Dr. Brian Shafer today in order to get a timetable for his return.
In the meantime, the Dodgers will have to scramble to find a third baseman. They could move Logan Forsythe from second base to third and have Chase Utley replace him at second base. Utley could also play third. Other options to play second if Forsythe is moved to third include Kiké Hernández and Austin Barnes.
Dave Roberts talked about the significance of this injury, “I know J.T.’s down, it’s a blow, a guy you count on every day. It’s tough but that’s baseball and we have a lot of good players and guys have to step up.”