Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

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Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today.
Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87 miles per hour, which actually isn’t bad for a guy who hasn’t started a big-league game since July of 2009. Prior to going under the knife Wang averaged 91-92 mph with his fastball.
Because his one-year deal didn’t include a team option for next season Wang will soon be a free agent and Goessling reports that the Nationals “are waiting to see how he progresses through the fall” before deciding whether or not to pursue bringing him back in 2011.

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.