Opening Day is just nine days away, and when the 2018 season gets going it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers will be without one of their key players from their World Series run last year.
Third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Monday night’s spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. Turner grunted and winced as he jogged away from the plate toward the dugout, his hand hanging limp at his side. He was quickly visited by a trainer and replaced by Donovan Solano.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the diagnosis after the game.
“I was hoping obviously the X-rays would be negative, but there’s a small non-displaced fracture,” Turner said. “We’ll just play it by ear, see how it goes.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Turner won’t know about a possible timetable to return until meeting with doctors Tuesday.
In 2017, Turner — while normally hitting out of the third spot in the order — enjoyed his best major-league season. He hit a career-high .322 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI, while earning his first All-Star Game selection.
The Dodgers could have Logan Forsythe play third base in Turner’s absence, with Chase Utley or someone else assuming regular duty at second base.
Contributing: The Associated Press.