Justin Turner: Breaks wrist vs. A's


The Dodgers are going to be without their red-headed slugger on opening day, and possibly for a while after.

A two-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers fan in Visalia, California, offered to kiss Justin Turner's "boo boo" after he was hit by a pitch and broke his wrist on Monday, March 19.

Turner was hitting well during spring training, hitting.333 in 36 at-bats with two home runs, three runs batted in and a.956 OPS. Currently, manager Dave Roberts plans on sliding starting 2nd baseman Logan Forsyth into Turner's 3rd base corner while platooning veteran Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez at the keystone.

"It's part of the game".

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"I was hoping obviously the X-rays would be negative, but there's a small non-displaced fracture", said Turner, who led the Dodgers past year by getting plunked 19 times. 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. A trainer came and assessed the wrist as Turner fell to his knees, before being replaced by Donovan Solano.

As a result Turner earned the first All-Star Game appearance of his career, and he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series.

UPDATE: Roberts said after the game, per Shaikin, that Forsythe will likely take over at third and that Taylor will remain in the outfield and work some as the backup to shortstop Corey Seager.

Farhan Zaidi said the team didn't know yet how long Turner would be out, but it should be a matter of at least a few weeks.