Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with home plate umpire Rob Drake during the ninth inning of Monday night’s game against the Padres.
Turner is appealing his suspension, so he will be allowed to play while the matter is resolved.
Turner was unhappy with a called strike three, which ended the game in a 4-3 loss for his team. He was 3-for-5 on the night with a double and a home run. On the season, Turner is batting .294/.376/.513 with 24 home runs and 61 RBI in 498 plate appearances.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.