- Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in Monday’s Spring Training game against the Athletics. The Dodgers third baseman left the game with obvious discomfort after being drilled on the left hand. We learned later last night that Turner suffered a broken wrist and will miss the beginning of the 2018 season. The timetable for his return is still uncertain but the initial reports have Turner out anywhere from six to nine weeks. The 33-year-old hit .322 with a .945 OPS last season in 130 games for Los Angeles. His ADP of 67th overall was a bit high for my liking, but given the injury risk he could provide a value now if this news causes his draft stock to slip outside the top 100. Logan Forsythe could cover third while Turner is out meaning more playing time for the likes of Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez at second.
A few more quick hitters:
- Yoan Moncada will start the year as the White Sox’s leadoff hitter.
- Alex Claudio might not be the Rangers everyday closer in 2018.
- Ronald Acuna was officially reassigned to the minors by the Braves.
- Ryon Healy is expected to be ready for Opening Day for the Mariners.
- Reds prospect Nick Senzel will begin the year at Triple-A Louisville, where he will play second base.
- Howie Kendrick will be the Nationals primary second baseman until Daniel Murphy is able to return from the disabled list.