Will the Red Sox dump Buchholz or Wakefield to make room for Matsuzaka?

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Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka made what’s expected to be his final rehab start, allowing four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings at Triple-A.
The outing was a bit of a letdown after Matsuzaka tossed 11 scoreless innings in his first two rehab starts, but he did manage eight strikeouts and zero walks to again show that the shoulder woes are seemingly behind him.
General manager Theo Epstein indicated earlier this week that the Red Sox were undecided about how Matsuzaka would fit back into the rotation, but unless they transition to a six-man rotation it’ll be either Clay Buchholz or Tim Wakefield losing their spot.
Wakefield has struggled in back-to-back starts and has a 6.38 ERA overall, whereas Buchholz has allowed just two earned runs in 10 innings. However, he has allowed five unearned runs while posting a poor 8/6 K/BB ratio and there’s speculation that Buchholz could be pitching for his rotation spot tonight against the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.