We haven’t heard much from Chan Ho Park this season — outside of these infamous comments during his brief stint with the Yankees — but I guess that’s what happens when you get shipped off to Pittsburgh.
Still, it’s worth mentioning that Park made history last night tossing by three scoreless innings for his 124th career victory. The 37-year-old right-hander passed Hideo Nomo for the most ever by an Asian-born pitcher, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
“One hundred, twenty-four is not great for the Major Leagues, but it’s
very special. It makes me think about 17 years
ago, when I first came [to America]. I think about the people who
brought me here and helped me. I’ve met a lot of special people through
my career, and today, that means a lot.”
Park, a South Korean native, has a 124-98 record and 4.36 ERA over 17 seasons in the major leagues. Less impressive because Nomo only pitched part of 12 seasons in major leagues, but quite a feather in his cap, anyway.
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.