Tony Gwynn Jr.’s days with the Dodgers are over. He was designated for assignment today.
Gwynn has been having a nightmare season, hitting 232/.276/.293 in 277 at-bats. He plays good defense, however, and isn’t as bad as this season’s production suggests, so he should probably latch on as a fourth or fifth outfield someplace. He’s still under contract through 2013, though, so he may have to be released before someone comes calling.
Taking Gwynn’s place will be Jerry Sands, who has proven for the second straight year that he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. Sands is hitting .286/.367/.518 at Albuquerque and now would seem to have his best shot of establishing himself with the Dodgers.
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.