Carlos Guillen not close to return, still has "sharp pain" in knee

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Carlos Guillen is eligible to return from the disabled list on August 31, but said yesterday that he’s still experiencing “sharp pain” in his bruised left knee. “Right now, it’s not good,” Guillen told Jason Beck of
Guillen guessed that he’s at least two weeks from potentially rejoining Detroit’s lineup and because he’s still under contract for $13 million next season the Tigers can’t just cut bait on the 34-year-old, but at this point there’s little motivation to rush him back. Detroit is below .500 and 10 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.
He suffered the injury when Brett Gardner of the Yankees slid into him while trying to break up a double play. Guillen initially deemed it a clean play, but later reconsidered and seemed to indicate he felt Gardner was in the wrong.

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.