Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.”
Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment in preparation for potentially coming off the DL as soon as this weekend.
Gonzalez’s injury came at a particularly bad time because he’d finally gotten on track following a rough start to the season, hitting .324 with 12 homers over a 58-game stretch to increase his overall OPS from .647 to .849. In his absence the Rockies have gone 4-6 with Eric Young Jr., Ryan Spilborghs, and Ty Wigginton replacing him in left field.
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.