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Bernie Sanders showed up at Dodgers camp


U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), spent his Sunday with the Dodgers at their spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona. He tweeted a few pictures:

Sanders, unarguably the politician most attuned to current labor issues, said he hasn’t been following the one between the players and owners in Major League Baseball, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and was unsurprisingly a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. As McCullough reports, Sanders spoke about what it was like when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. Sanders said, “It was a disaster. Walter O’Malley, his name remains in infamy. It really was a very deep thing. Because when you’re a kid and the name of the team is called the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Brooklyn Dodgers, you assume that it belongs to the people of Los Angeles or Brooklyn. The idea that it was a private company who somebody could pick up and move away and break the hearts of millions of people was literally something we did not understand. So it was really a devastating moment. I remember it with great sadness.”

Of course, baseball wasn’t the reason Sanders was in Arizona. He is holding a rally at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix for immigration reform.

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.