Ryan Raburn’s up-and-down performances have led to the Tigers demoting him to the minors in four of the past five seasons, but those days are over.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Raburn–at age 31 and with 1,645 plate appearances in the majors–now has enough service time to decline an assignment to the minors without forfeiting his salary, which is $2.1 million for this season.
His last demotion to Triple-A came less than a month ago, but the Tigers called him back up two weeks later and now they’re stuck with him despite a .163 batting average in 41 games. If they attempt to option him to the minors again Raburn has the right to decline, keep his full salary, and become a free agent.
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.