The Dodgers will continue to hold their breath all the way up until the start of the season, as another player ominously exited Friday’s game. Logan Forsythe was batting in the fifth inning when he fouled a ball off of his foot. This came in the midst of an offensive explosion from Los Angeles, as they scored 7 runs in the inning.
Logan Forsythe fouled a ball off his leg, took a walk and left for a pinch runner.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 23, 2018
News like this is always scary to here right at the end of Spring Training, but it is even more concerning for Forsythe. He battled through a number of injuries last season, but his broken big toe is what really stands out. That toe he broke last year is the reason he experienced such a dip in offensive production.
While the extent of the damage is not exactly known, management will be as cautious as they can be. Even more so considering that Justin Turner just went down with a broken hand.
It seems highly likely, at least right now, that Forythe will return to Los Angeles after he gets his x-rays.
Logan Forsythe walks and immediately comes out of the game. Kyle Farmer in. Forsythe will likely get x-rays before heading back to LA tonight.#DodgersST
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) March 23, 2018
If Forsythe does have to miss any time due to an aggravation of his foot, there are plenty of internal options to replace him this year. The Dodgers already have Chase Utley, Austin Barnes and Kike Hernandez as backup options at second base. All of those guys could easily slot into the second base position, but Forsythe was expected to get a lot of time at third to replace Turner in his absence.
Perhaps Kyle Farmer will get a chance to play more than anybody thought at the beginning of the season. He is capable of playing third base, and has done so several times this Spring. Utley can play third base if needed, and Hernandez has played 23 games there in his career.
Heading into Friday’s game, Forythe was hitting well over .300 with two home runs.
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