That Atlanta Braves have signed Ezequiel Carrera to a minor league deal.
Carrera, 30, was just let go by the Blue Jays, for whom he played the past three seasons. In 2017 he hit .282/.356/.408 with eight homers and ten stolen bases. He’ll be competing for the left field job and/or a bench spot.
Whoever wins that left field spot, of course, will likely only be keeping it warm until top prospect Ronald Acuna is called up after a stint in the minors during which he’ll have his service time manip–, er, I mean, during which time he’ll work on his defense or whatever it is the Braves say he needs to work on.
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.