Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski suffered a fractured left wrist diving for a ball during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Rangers. MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell reports that Jankowski will have surgery to repair his wrist and will miss about three months.
Jankowski, 27, was slated to be a backup outfielder on the Padres’ 25-man roster. The starting sports are already spoken for with Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, and Hunter Renfroe. However, Franmil Reyes now has much improved odds of making the Opening Day roster.
Last season, Jankowski hit .259/.332/.346 with 24 stolen bases in 387 plate appearances. He was one of only three Padres to reach double-digits in stolen bases, so the club will certainly miss his speed and defense coming off the bench.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.