Cast off by several clubs earlier in his career (including the Mets, if you hadn't heard), Justin Turner has blossomed into one of the game's premier hitters, posting wRC+ marks over 140 in three of the past four seasons (123 in the other). His .322 batting average ranked fifth among qualified hitters last season, and he broke the 20-homer threshold for a second straight season despite not hitting his first long ball until Apr. 29 and later missing nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. Turner walked more than he struck out, finishing second behind only Joey Votto in BB/K, while maintaining a top-30 hard-hit rate. He boosted his flyball rate to almost 48 percent (from 40 percent), so the pop seems here to stay along with the stellar average. There is some injury risk at 33 years old -- Turner has averaged 129 games played per season over his last four -- but there is virtually no performance risk.
Turner said Tuesday that he will not need surgery on his broken left wrist, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. This is probably the best-case scenario for Turner, who was diagnosed with a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch in Monday's Cactus League contest. The third baseman is now expected to wear a brace on his wrist for the next couple of days before beginning a range of motion exercises. He's still expected to open the season on the disabled list, but his absence may be on the shorter side of his roughly estimated 6-to-9 week timetable. In the meantime, Logan Forsythe is expected to shift over to third base with Turner sidelined, leaving Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Taylor to cover second base.
X-rays confirmed that Turner suffered a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch in Monday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Dodgers won't have an official recovery timetable for Turner until he's reexamined Tuesday, but Shaikin estimates the third baseman will be sidelined for around six-to-nine weeks, making it unlikely that he'll be available until at least mid-May. With Turner headed to the disabled list, Logan Forsythe is expected to shift over from second base and handle most of the reps at the hot corner, leaving some combination of Chase Utley, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez to fill in at the keystone.
Turner left Monday's contest against Oakland after being hit by a pitch on the left hand, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Turner went down in pain after getting drilled on the hand and promptly left the game. The extent of his injury is unclear at this time, but more news should be released after further examination by the training staff. Turner was taken for X-rays shortly after exiting the game.
Turner went 2-for-3 with his second home run of spring training in Saturday's victory over the Diamondbacks. The slugging third baseman has picked up where he left off after what was seemingly a never-ending hot streak during the 2017 campaign. Despite being 33 years old, Turner is showing no signs of slowing down and appears to still be in his prime as a hitter. He will spend the majority of the season in the heart of a young and potent Dodgers lineup, giving him one of the higher floors amongst the top-tier third basemen in fantasy.
Turner (undisclosed) is starting at third base and batting second for Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday. As expected, Turner is in the lineup for Game 1 despite being held out of team workouts over the past two days. He'll look to continue his remarkable postseason, as he's hitting .387/.500/.677 with three homers, 12 RBI and a 5:6 K:BB in 31 at-bats so far.