Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday’s game against the Orioles in the fourth inning after taking a check-swing foul ball off of his face. Brock Holt pinch-hit for Pedroia and doubled.
As CSN New England’s Evan Drellich tells it, Pedroia checked his swing and sent a foul ball off of the plate and back into his face, hitting him in the nose. He stumbled in pain towards the Orioles dugout and was attended to by a trainer shortly thereafter. Pedroia was apparently bleeding as well.
The Red Sox should provide an update on Pedroia’s status shortly. He was 0-for-1 before departing. On the season, he is batting .303/.377/.405 with seven home runs, 58 RBI, and 46 runs scored in 437 plate appearances.
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.