The reigning National League champion Dodgers are going to be without their red-headed slugger on opening day, and possibly for a while after.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look set to be without one of their key players for the start of the 2018 season, after Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist in a spring training game. He was visited quickly by team trainers and replaced at once by Donovan Solano.
General manager Farhan Zaidi hinted that the team would likely fill Turner's third base position internally rather than externally.
Turner said later Monday night that he had obviously hope that the x-rays would come back negative, but instead revealed a non-displaced fracture in his wrist.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) loses his helmet as he slides safely into third base against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
It has been announced by Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts that Turner will not require surgery for the injury. In the meantime, Logan Forsythe is expected to shift over to third base with Turner sidelined, leaving Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Taylor to cover second base. "In the meantime, there's a lot of good baseball players in here, I don't think we'll miss a beat". The 19 times he was hit by a pitch past year topped the Dodgers and was third in Major League Baseball. "There are guys who can move around". He batted.333 with two homers in the NLCS against the Cubs, including a walk-off homer in Game 2.
Turner's power numbers dropped a bit last season, hitting 7 home runs less and nearly 20 less RBI, but his OPB was a career-high.415.