The Dodgers third baseman will be sidelined for several weeks with a broken left wrist.
By: Enrique Medina
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dodgers star third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist Monday night after being hit by a pitch from Oakland A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman in the first inning of yesterday's ballgame. Turner, forced to leave the game was seen in obvious pain as he approached one of the team trainers. It was later revealed that x-rays did not come out negative and now Turner will be sidelined for several weeks, just a few days before the start of the season. There is no set timetable for his return. Good news for the Dodgers organization though is that the injured left wrist will not require any sort of surgery.
Turner, 33, had arguably his most productive season last season hitting .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI’s, making his first all star team along the way. With last years NLCS co-MVP gone, the Dodgers lose the player with the 2nd best on base percentage in the National League from last season, only behind Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds. More importantly for the Dodgers, they lose their 3rd hitter in the lineup and a great defensive third baseman who always leaves a huge impact.
With the news coming out, the Dodgers will need to look for alternatives to step up and fill in the position, replacing Turner. The team may look out for Logan Forsythe to move to 3rd and potentially switch Chase Utley and Kiké Hernandez in and out for left handed and right handed starters at 2nd base. The team also has the option to bring Chris Taylor back into the infield and have an outfielder like Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles out to replace his spot in center. There is no question that the amount of depth on the roster will come in handy in dealing with Turner’s injury. The injury itself will bring key decisions for manager Dave Roberts throughout the first few weeks of the season and overall be a huge test for the team.