Not a good night to be a talented player. Chris Davis (link) and Devin Mesoraco (link) both exited games tonight with injuries of their own and now Bryce Harper has added his name to the list. James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals’ outfielder injured his wrist diving head-first into third base, completing a bases-clearing triple in the third inning against the Padres.
Wagner writes that Harper grimaced and grabbed at his left wrist, but stayed in the game initially. He did not take his position for the top of the fifth inning, however, as he was replaced by Nate McLouth. The severity of the injury isn’t yet known, as the Nationals will evaluate him further.
Harper hasn’t yet gotten started with the bat, slashing .272/.337/.383 in 89 plate appearances entering Friday’s game. He had made headlines recently for a lack of hustle, but it appears that his all-out style of play has once again led to an injury. Harper suffered a knee injury in May last season crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium, and it lingered throughout the season.
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.