Given the issues elsewhere on the roster, Justin Turner’s recovery is absolutely critical for the Dodgers. This should go without saying.
Fortunately, as of right now, Turner appears on track to make a full recovery.
This, via MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
“Right now I’m right on schedule,” said Turner, who had microfracture left knee surgery on Oct. 21. “I don’t think it should be a problem in Spring Training as long as I have no setbacks, and so far I’ve had no setbacks. So knock on wood, I’ll be ready when everybody else is.”
There was some speculation when the Dodgers traded with the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds as to why they didn’t just send their package of prospects for the immediate help Todd Frazier would’ve brought at third base. Turner could slide over to second and the infield would be solidified.
But, the Dodgers instead opted for another package of prospects from the White Sox, sending Frazier to Chicago.
The concern might’ve been that the lateral movement needed at second (not to mention having to dodge slides like Chase Utley’s infamous one on double plays) would’ve been too much on Turner’s surgically repaired knee.
“It feels great,” he said at Friday’s annual children’s holiday party. “I got off crutches beginning this week, started strengthening stuff, doing cardio stuff as low impact as I could. I saw ElAttrache and he was pretty pleased with how it looked.
“Running will be the last thing I start doing, running outside full speed, and even when I do get cleared, I’ll keep as low impact, as far as conditioning-wise,” he said.
Turner has time. Position players report to camp February 21. Here’s hoping he’ll be up and running by the time that comes around.