C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is dealing with an oblique injury. There’s no timetable for his return at the moment. Oblique injuries usually result in a stint on the disabled list, so this likely means the right-hander won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.
DeSclafani, 27, has had trouble staying healthy. He missed all of last season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and opened the 2016 campaign with an oblique strain. When he was healthy in 2016, he was effective, compiling a 3.28 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 30 walks across 123 1/3 innings.
With DeSclafani likely out of the mix for the near future, another spot in the Reds’ rotation opens up for Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Tyler Mahle, and Amir Garrett.
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.