Chipper Jones announced this morning that he’s quitting Twitter:
I can’t even imagine the type of vitriol and negativity someone like Jones experiences on Twitter, but it’s worth noting that he started multiple Twitter feuds himself by acting considerably less than civil and regularly put forth strong opinions on subjects guaranteed to draw “hate” and “trolls.” For instance, just last night he tweeted this after a Braves pitcher plunked Bryce Harper and the benches cleared:
I’m gonna take a wild guess that the reaction from Nationals fans played a part in Jones quitting Twitter today.
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.