A visit to a hand specialist on Tuesday confirmed Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner won’t need surgery on his injured left wrist, manager Dave Roberts told reporters.
Turner suffered a small non-displaced fracture of his left wrist when hit by a pitch in the first inning of Monday’s spring game against the Oakland Athletics. He told MLB.com that his wrist will be in a brace for few days before he can begin range-of-motion exercises.
“Good news,” Turner said of avoiding surgery.
A timetable for Turner’s return has yet to be determined, though he is expected to miss multiple weeks and begin the regular season on the disabled list.
With Turner out, Roberts said he might move second baseman Logan Forsythe to the hot corner and have Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez platoon at second. General manager Farhan Zaidi said he isn’t looking to make any outside additions.
Turner was named an All-Star for the first time last season as he sported a .377 batting average in the first half. He finished the campaign at .322 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs to place among the top 10 of the National League MVP vote for the second straight year. Turner was hit by a team-high 19 pitches last season.
–Field Level Media