Justin Turner once again has no impediments to becoming the Dodgers' full-time third baseman, but based on the way last season went, that doesn't mean he will. Even after the Dodgers traded Juan Uribe last May, he never could get a foothold, sitting every third or fourth game. Missing three weeks after the All-Star break with a MRSA infection didn't help, but he hadn't gained Fantasy owners' trust even before then. It's a shame, too, because he produced some pretty good numbers when he did play. His .861 OPS would have ranked fifth among full-time third basemen if he himself was one, and he may have topped 20 homers as well. Maybe the Dodgers' new manager will be more comfortable starting Turner than Don Mattingly was, but having microfracture surgery on his knee this offseason puts the 31-year-old at an immediate disadvantage. He's no more than a late-rounder in mixed leagues.
Turner (knee) has not dealt with any setbacks in his recovery from a microfracture procedure in November, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Turner reportedly had a portion of the cartilage torn off the outside of his knee in the postseason, requiring him to undergo the surgery shortly after the season. Assuming the rest of his rehab process goes as planned, the 31-year-old third baseman should be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Turner (knee) agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a one-year, $5.1 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Turner followed up an impressive 2014 with a productive 2015 campaign, hitting .294 with a career-high 16 home runs to go with 60 RBI and five steals. The third baseman underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in November, and while it's expected to keep him from working out at full speed until next month, he said he expects to be 100 percent by the time spring training begins.
Turner revealed last weekend that his recent knee surgery included a microfracture procedure, the Los Angeles Times reports. Speaking at Adrian Gonzalez's charity softball game, Turner said that a piece of cartilage had been torn off on the outside part of his knee, necessitating the microfracture surgery. He dealt with a bruised knee throughout much of the second half, but Turner believes the cartilage damage happened in the postseason. While Turner won't be able to run at full strength for approximately three months, he is confident he will be a full go at the start of spring training.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will have surgery on his left knee Thursday, but is expected to be ready for spring training, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Turner had his best season, blowing past his career high in home runs with 16 long balls and a .294/.370/.491 slash line. He should be back playing pretty regularly in 2016.
Turner (knee) is in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Mets on Thursday. His troublesome left knee swelled up again Tuesday, forcing Turner to leave Game 4 prematurely, but he is will be able to play Thursday, as expected. Turner will man third base and bat cleanup against Jacob deGrom.
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