Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma when he was struck by a boat last Friday while swimming off the eastern-central coast of his native Venezuela.
Sanchez remains in critical condition at a hospital in Carupano — hooked up to a breathing tube and ventilator — but there have been a few positive signs this week. From MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez …
A CT scan on Sanchez, 20, revealed reduced swelling in the pitcher’s head and neck area on Wednesday afternoon, according to agent Rafa Nieves. The pitcher also moved his legs, Nieves said.
Sanchez may undergo another surgery on his skull Thursday and there’s talk of moving him to Caracas or maybe even the United States for further treatment. The right-hander spent the 2014 season at Double-A Jackson. He was ranked a Top 10 prospect in the Mariners’ system last year by Baseball America.
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.