On Monday, it was learned that Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner would be missing the team’s first week or so of Spring Training games. While that’s what was first reported, that doesn’t mean that he won’t be back a tad earlier than expected. At least based on the latest report.
The team began Spring Training with a win yesterday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, and if Turner were to miss a week then he’d probably be out until later next week. However, it’s now been learned that Turner expects to play sometime early this coming week. That’s great news.
From Ken Gurnick, a Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter for MLB dot com:
Justin Turner (knee surgery) said he expects to play in his first game of the spring early next week.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 4, 2016
Turner had offseason knee surgery to help repair a problem he experienced late in 2015, and it appears that he’s still on track to make it out there for Opening Day or thereabouts. The team will need Turner’s production and bat in the lineup since he was, arguably, their best position player last season.
The 31-year old Turner was acquired by the Dodgers in free agency just before the start of the 2014 season, and he’s done nothing but be a huge boon to the team’s success since that time. Knee injuries are a tricky thing, though, especially since Turner had microfracture surgery done on his left knee.
Hopefully, the third baseman can start out by playing next week’s games and then start to get back to full strength in time for the season to truly begin. If he’s unable to go anytime soon, then that likely means the Dodgers will have to roll with Alex Guerrero or Chase Utley at third base for the time being.
For now, it sounds like Turner will be ready to play in games early next week since he is, after all, expecting himself to be able to do so. Here’s to hoping the valuable commodity at the hot corner is able to come back fully healthy.