Dodgers' Justin Turner won't need surgery on left wrist

Mar 24, 2018, 06:24
Dodgers' Justin Turner won't need surgery on left wrist

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner will not require surgery on his fractured left wrist.

Turner sustained a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch from A's right-hander Kendall Graveman during the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Athletics. Last year's NLCS MVP grunted and winced as he jogged away from the plate toward the dugout, his hand hanging limp at his side. Last season Turner led Los Angeles in getting hit by pitches with 19. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury past year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

While we don't know how long Turner is expected to be out, we do know that broken wrists can lead Major League Baseball players to miss 6-to-9 weeks of action, meaning Turner should be on the shelf until May and potentially June.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed the diagnosis with reporters. The Dodgers third baseman said he would visit with doctors again on Tuesday to learn more about the wrist injury. 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. 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.