Gregg Zaun headed to DL with shoulder injury


Gregg Zaun left yesterday’s game with a strained shoulder and Adam McCalvy of reports that the 39-year-old catcher will be put on the disabled list today. To replace Zaun on the roster the Brewers are expected to call up 24-year-old prospect Jonathan Lucroy from Triple-A.
Angel Salome was once considered the Brewers’ top catching prospect and backstop of the future, but he was mediocre at Triple-A last year and recently took an “extended leave of absence” after telling the team he was “struggling mentally” and “not mentally prepared to play.”
Lucroy hasn’t done anything at Triple-A yet, hitting just .238 in 21 games, but batted .267 with a .380 on-base percentage and 66/78 K/BB ratio in 125 games at Double-A last season and has thrown out over 40 percent of stolen base attempts for his career. With modest power and a very good eye at the plate Lucroy actually profiles similarly to Zaun and will split time behind the plate with George Kottaras, who has started 13 of 41 games while drawing 17 walks and posting a 1.035 OPS in 60 plate appearances.

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.