Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up. And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say:
“I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think
there is more information and evidence that will show that Roger used
performance enhancing drugs in a significant way.”
I’m sure Duquette has his sources, but I’m also guessing that he’s not exactly on the front lines of Roger Clemens’ post-Red Sox life either. So if he knows of information like this, you have to figure a lot of people do too. And if a lot of people do, I have to ask the question I’ve been asking for a couple of years now: what in the HELL was Clemens thinking of escalating this matter like he did?
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.