Milwaukee’s season more or less came to an end last night thanks to John Axford blowing a save against the Reds, dropping the Brewers to four games out of the second Wild Card spot.
That might make it tough for fans to appreciate a nice gesture from Axford at this point–or at any point this season, considering his nine blown saves–but the closer has partnered with Ryan Braun to purchase 5,000 tickets for Sunday’s game and give them away for free as part of “Fan Appreciation Weekend” at Miller Park.
Fans can sign up for the free tickets on Brewers.com, although they will “be responsible for paying a per order processing fee.”
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.