Turner’s wrist won’t need surgery, says LA manager
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner’s broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.
Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland’s Kendall Graveman.
Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.
“We know that it’s not a surgery thing, it’s just essentially time,” Roberts said. “That’s the initial thought. That could change but that’s what I’ve heard.”
Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs in the postseason, including seven against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series, when he was voted MVP.
The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner’s absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.
“It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field,” Roberts said.
Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.
DODGER STADIUM ADDING KIRK GIBSON SEAT TO COMMEMORATE 1988 HR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay tribute to one of baseball’s most celebrated home runs by introducing a “Kirk Gibson seat” at Dodger Stadium.
The seat will be added in the right field pavilion at the spot where Gibson’s game-ending homer landed in the 1988 World Series opener. The chair will be painted blue and feature Gibson’s signature, the team announced Monday.
Tickets will cost $300 for a package that includes a companion seat, two commemorative T-shirts and food and drink. The Dodgers will donate $200 from each purchase to the Kirk Gibson Foundation to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research — Gibson announced in 2015 that he has Parkinson’s.
The 60-year-old former player and major league manager is set to throw out the first pitch at the Dodgers’ season opener on March 29, when the team recognizes the 30th anniversary of the 1988 championship team.
Seat 1, Row D in section 302 will be the first seat at the stadium to be marked in connection with a historic event.
RED SOX 12, PIRATES 6
Boston lefty David Price threw five innings, giving up two runs and three hits. Manager Alex Cora said Chris Sale will start the opener, with Price pitching the next game at Tampa Bay.
Sam Travis hit his fifth homer and Rafael Devers homered for the third time. Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove was tagged for six runs and eight hits over four innings.
NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 3
Washington ace Stephen Strasburg pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, including a homer by Lewis Brinson. Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals.
METS 8, CARDINALS 7
Adrian Gonzalez hit his first spring homer, and Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud also connected for New York. Starter Matt Harvey gave up a run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Marcell Ozuna doubled and singled for St. Louis.
TIGERS 8, YANKEES 3
Victor Martinez hit his fifth spring home run for Detroit and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single. Neil Walker singled home a run for New York.
PHILLIES 2, BLUE JAYS 0
Philadelphia starter Ben Lively pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits. Marco Estrada worked five innings for Toronto, allowing two runs. The game was called in the seventh because of rain.
WHITE SOX 10, RANGERS 0
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings and Yoan Moncada had two hits and drove in three runs. Free agent signee Doug Fister was lifted after 2 1/3 innings of his start for Texas.
DODGERS 8, ATHLETICS 2
Kenta Maeda allowed three hits and an earned run over his five-inning start for Los Angeles. Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal homered for the Dodgers. Oakland starter Paul Blackburn gave up seven runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.
BREWERS 4, ROCKIES 4, 9 INNINGS
Lorenzo Cain, batting .500 this spring, and Christian Yelich each had two hits for Milwaukee. Colorado starter Tyler Anderson allowed two runs in five innings.
ANGELS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Zack Cozart had two hits for Los Angeles, including a home run. A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. homered for Arizona.