We can witness miracles every day within our day-to-day lives, but they are often rare. I thought I had seen an honest to goodness holy act of god. The Dodgers had nearly gone through the entire spring without any major injuries. Other than Tom Koehler’s sore shoulder, nobody else had gotten hurt. Even Corey Seager’s elbow problems seem to have subsided. But do you think we could have gotten through an entire spring and into opening day without some kind of major blow to the Dodger lineup or rotation? Not a chance. If you thought so then I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news here.
Justin Turner suffered a broken left wrist during the first inning of the Dodger’s 3-1 win over the Oakland A’s on Monday evening at Camelback Ranch. Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman hit Turner on the wrist with an inside fastball in the bottom of the first inning. Turner fell to the ground and was seen writhing in pain before being led off the field. He was sent for x-rays and we prayed it was nothing too serious.
Not a chance. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture, a small one, but still it’s fractured. Turner will start the season on the disabled list and the Dodgers are already scrambling to figure out what they’re going to do for the first month or so of the regular campaign. Do the Dodgers move Logan Forsythe over to third and play Chase Utley at second? Austin Barnes can play second as well, but then maybe the Dodgers should have Kyle Farmer on the roster as a precaution? Will Enrique Hernandez play second if Forsythe has to play third? So many questions, so little answers, so little time.
And now everything sucks. Turner will have his hand reexamined and the club is confident that he won’t need surgery, but who knows. Turner is the Dodger’s best hitter and as I’ve said before losing him for any extended amount of time is a big problem. We almost saw a miracle folks, but in the end Dodgers spring training returned to normal. There could be a lot of losing in the first month. Thanks a lot Oakland.