The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe have been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. To clear up roster spots, the club optioned infielder Kyle Farmer and outfielder Tim Locastro to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Turner, 33, was hit by a pitch during spring training, suffering a fractured left wrist. It was a big loss for the Dodgers as Turner has put up an aggregate .881 OPS and 18.8 WAR (per Baseball Reference) since joining the club in 2014. Forsythe, Farmer, and Max Muncy handled third base while Turner was out.
Forsythe, 31, went on the DL a month ago with inflammation in his right shoulder. He had hit a disappointing .174/.224/.283 in 49 plate appearances across 12 games prior to being sidelined.
The Dodgers, defending National League champions, have had a rough 2018 thus far. They’re in fourth place in the NL West with a 16-24 record. Getting Turner and Forsythe back may be able to help them accrue a bit of momentum.
FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.
While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.
UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:
For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.
FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.