Los Angeles Dodgers Lose Justin Turner to Injury

Credit: Joe Camporeale

Mar 11, 2018; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) loses his helmet as he slides safely into third base against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

By Mason Kern

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their offensive leader from last season to injury in this past Monday night’s spring training game in which the team achieved a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Justin Turner, third baseman for last season’s World Series runner-ups, reportedly sustained a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist upon being hit by a pitch rocketed by right-hander Kendall Graveman.

It has been announced by Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts that Turner will not require surgery for the injury. However, Roberts did not give a timeline for Turner’s absence or expected return to the diamond.

With opening day just nine days away, Turner’s absence will surely be felt throughout the dugout. As for how the team might adapt, expect Logan Forsythe to slide into the third base slot, as well as Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez splitting second base duty.

Turner was last season’s NLCS co-MVP, an honor he shared with Chris Taylor. They were the third set of co-MVPs in LCS history, joining Rob Dibble and Randy Myers for the 1990 Reds, and Jon Lester and Javier Baez for the 2016 Cubs.

The 33-year-old Turner batted .322 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI’s in 130 games played last year. He went six for 18 (.333) with two home runs and seven RBI’s in the five-game NLCS series, and he logged more walks (five) than strikeouts (four). Most notably, Turner clubbed a walk-off home run in Game 2. That was only the second postseason walk-off in Dodgers history.

Currently, the Dodgers are looking to improve upon their extraordinary season last year in which they maintained a record of 104-58. Some have suggested that the 2017 Dodgers may actually have been the best baseball team ever. Now, without Turner for the first few weeks of the season, other players will have to step up, step in or otherwise pick up the pace if they want to scratch the surface of that mark this season.

Mason Kern, Host of “The Sports Watchdog” Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 Phoenix, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of pro, college and youth sports as well as gadgets and gear suited for sports and fitness enthusiasts. Mason frequently appears as a sportscasting guest on various TV and other radio programs, including Good Morning Arizona, KUSI-TV San Diego, “The Sports Hangover” Show on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix and more. View his TV segment clips online at www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos. Reach Mason on Twitter @ASportsWatchdog, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SportsWatchdog and on LinkedIn at www.tinyurl.com/TT

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Mason Kern
High School scholar (graduating class of 2017), perennial athlete and broadcast journalism aficionado turned Sports Watchdog, Mason Kern, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of youth, college and pro sports as well as notable sports and fitness gadgets and gear. He currently serves as a “Teen Correspondent” for various TV, radio and online media outlets across the U.S. This includes regular monthly live appearances on XETV's San Diego Living program where he’s the “Sports Watchdog” who showcases sports and fitness product innovations in his own recurring branded segments. Mason is also an established sports reporter who interviews pro athletes for his syndicated editorial work with TheSportsWatchdog.com (his own brand) and StewardshipReport.com among other distribution platforms and pursuits, including delivering current event-based "Youth Sport Reports" with the KOKS radio program. View TV footage of Mason's Sports/Fitness Product Trend reports at www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos, and listen to audio of Mason's Sports Radio & Podcast interviews at www.tinyurl.com/TSWRadio. Mason, himself a highly skilled athlete who plays both premier club and rec soccer and basketball, commenced broadcasting early in his sophomore year in high school (2014-2015) when he was just 15 years of age. He will graduate high school in June of 2017 and aspires to attend a top-tier collegiate sports broadcasting/journalism program. In the summer of 2016 he will be attending the venerable Cronkite Sports Broadcasting Camp for High School students. In 2015, Mason was also extended the invitation-only honor to attend (and did attend) the prestigious 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference in D.C. as a National Youth Correspondent. Mason, a perennial honor roll student, community volunteer and skilled athlete, is a member in good standing with the San Diego Press Club and the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Connect with Mason on social media! Twitter: @SportsWatchdogs; Facebook: /TheSportsWatchdog; Instagram: #TheSportsWatchdog; LinkedIn: /TTW-LinkedIn