Which player holds the record for the fastest time in becoming a True Yankee? Gotta figure Chase Headley is in that conversation.
Headley was acquired from the Padres yesterday, hopped on a flight to New York and landed at LaGuardia at 6:30pm. The Yankees-Rangers game started at 7:05 and Headley entered the game as a pinch hitter for Zealous Wheeler in the bottom of the eighth. Because the game went 14 innings he actually got four at bats. The first three were uneventful — a strikeout, a ground out and then a grounder into a fielder’s choice. But then in the 14th, with two men on in a 1-1 game, he did this:
A walkoff single for your new team mere hours after joining them is pretty darn special. Welcome to New York, Chase.
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.