It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this week in a rehab pool.
A-Rod had surgery on July 14 to repair a torn meniscus and is not expected to return to the major leagues until late August, at the earliest.
The Yankees have handed starting third base duties over to Eduardo Nunez in the meantime.
Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances.
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.