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Justin Turner Avoids Surgery on Broken Wrist, Will Wear Brace with Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner walks to the dugout against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner won't need surgery on his broken left wrist. 

Per MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, Turner confirmed Tuesday he doesn't require surgery and will wear a brace on his wrist for a few days before starting range-of-motion exercises. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Turner suffered a small non-displaced fracture of his left wrist after being hit by a pitch from Oakland Athletics starter Kendall Graveman in the first inning of Monday's spring exhibition. 

Gurnick added that Turner will begin the season on the disabled list, and general manager Farhan Zaidi said it could be "weeks" before the 33-year-old returns. 

"I was hoping obviously the X-rays would be negative, but there's a small non-displaced fracture,'' Turner said, via the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com). "We'll just play it by ear, see how it goes.''

Turner led the Dodgers with a .322 average, .415 on-base percentage and ranked ninth in the National League with 5.5 wins above replacement, per FanGraphs. 

The Dodgers have Logan Forsythe to take Turner's spot at third base for the time being. The defending NL champions open the 2018 season at home on March 29 against the San Francisco Giants

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