Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left last night’s game against the Cubs with discomfort in his quad.
It was a rough night overall for Turner, as he was hit by a pitch on his right hand. He was removed in a double switch in the bottom of the eighth due to the aching quadriceps. It may have happened when he slid into second base on a force out following the HBP.
It may not be too serious. Manager Dave Roberts said Turner would be reevaluated today, which the Dodgers have off before resuming their series against the Cubs.
Turner is off to a fast start this year, going 10-for-28 with five doubles in his first seven games. If he can’t play, Logan Forsythe will likely move over from second to cover the hot corner while Chase Utley would get the start at second.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.