Justin Turner’s surgery previously was seen as nothing more than a little touch here and there to clean things up.
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times spoke to Turner over the weekend about what all this surgery entailed and it sounds a little more invasive.
To facilitate the growth of new cartilage, Turner said, “they drill holes in it and let the blood come out and refill the area that the cartilage broke out of.”
Yeah. That sounds awful.
Fortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans, Turner’s surgery went well and he expects to make a full recovery.
“I’ll be 100% well before spring training,” he said.
The Dodgers released their Cactus League schedule Wednesday afternoon, giving Turner a clear-cut day to shoot for.
Turner was a pivotal player for the Dodgers in 2015, and was arguably their most consistent hitter in the postseason, when almost everyone else’s bats turned into wet noodles. He is also up for arbitration this offseason, and will quite easily make more than his $2.5 million salary of 2015.