Carlos Beltran grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and then left Game 3 of the NLCS with what the Cardinals have announced as a strained left knee.
Matt Carpenter replaced Beltran in right field to begin the second inning.
Beltran has been dealing with a hand injury, but it didn’t stop him from hitting .400 with three homers, five doubles, and a 1.353 OPS through nine playoff games.
He would be a huge loss for the Cardinals, as Beltran owns the highest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS in postseason history, ahead of a couple guys named Ruth and Gehrig.
UPDATE: Carpenter homered in his first at-bat after replacing Beltran, naturally.
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.