The Los Angeles Dodgers have received very bad news regarding their starting third baseman, Justin Turner, with just a few days away from the start of the new season.
The Spring Training is almost over and the Dodgers will start their season against bitter rivals, the San Francisco Giants on March 29 at home, and the will do it without Turner due to a broken wrist.
Justin Turner: broken wrist.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) 20 de marzo de 2018
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, manager Dave Roberts declared to the press that the player broke his wrist after being hit by a ball on Wednesday during a game, and it is confirmed that he will not be available.
Even though it is unknown how long will Turner remain on the sidelines, but according to a report from Pedro Moura of The Athletic, the player himself explains that it was a little fracture and will not require surgery.
The Dodgers’ initial expectation is that Justin Turner will require “weeks” to heal, but not surgery.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) 20 de marzo de 2018
It sounds like the first option to replace him is sliding Logan Forsythe to third and splitting second between Kiké Hernandez, Chase Utley and, maybe, Austin Barnes.
Although Turner or the Dodgers don't know when will the player return to the field, according to the type of injury that the player suffered, it will certainly take from 6 to 8 weeks to heal and for Turner to be fully recovered.
The 33-year-old had his first All-Star Season last year when he batted an average of .322, slamming 21 homers and 71 runs batted in.