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Kevin Gausman involved in collision around home plate with Jeimer Candelario


Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman and Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario were involved in a collision near home plate in the second inning of Monday’s Grapefruit League game. Gausman suffered a laceration near his left eye and left with a trainer. Candelario stayed in the game and drew a walk but was replaced with a pinch-runner and walked off the field with a trainer when he reached second base. The collision occurred because Gausman was running to back up home plate on an RBI single by Leonys Martin and Candelario was positioning himself to be able to help Tigers base runner Jason Krizan.

Gausman appeared to be relatively fine after the game, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. The right-hander joked that the cut gave him a good look, making him appear tougher. He ended the day responsible for five runs (all earned) on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Candelario’s status is not yet known, but the Tigers should pass along an update before the day is over. Candelario singled along with the walk, finishing 1-for-1 on the afternoon. [Update: Candelario has a bruised left knee, per Chris McCosky.]

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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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.