In a blow to the Dodgers and your buddy’s fantasy team, third baseman Justin Turner has suffered a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch during a Spring Training matchup against Oakland. Subsequent exams have determined that he won’t need surgery, meaning his recovery likely won’t take as long, though there is currently no timetable for his return.
This is truly a tough blow for a Dodgers squad looking to repeat its dominance from last season. Turner enjoyed solid success and would have likely become a Dodgers legend on Kirk Gibson‘s level had they won the World Series. It seems to be another bump in a Whack-a-Mole streak of injuries for Los Angeles; once one guy gets healed up, another goes down. Turner missed time in 2017 before returning to destroy NL West pitching for the second half of the season. Outfielder Andrew Toles missed all of last year with a torn ACL, while second baseman Logan Forsythe missed 30 games last year with a broken big toe.
If they can keep their big guys, primarily Turner, Corey Seager (who also missed time last year with injury), and Cody Bellinger healthy, the Dodgers’ offense can continue to make large men blush and get them back to the World Series. As seems to be the trend, though few people seem to mention it, Bellinger can count on missing time this year due to injury. It seems that guys with solid rookie seasons end up missing time during their sophomore campaigns. It could be adjustments in swings to stay on top of pitching or just plain bad luck, but seeing Trea Turner and Seager miss time last year, amongst others, it doesn’t seem to be coincidence.