For the first time since suffering a fracture in his left wrist in spring training, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was cleared to swing a bat to hit a baseball, doing so on Friday morning at the club’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
In the last few weeks Turner has been limited to dry swinging, just going through the motions of swinging a bat but not actually hitting a ball.
Turner was hit by a pitch on Mar. 19 and suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist. There has been no official timetable for his return but the expected recovery time could be six to eight weeks from the time of the injury.
Dodgers third baseman this season are hitting .155/.226/.286 with two home runs in 23 games.
Kyle Farmer gets the start at third base on Friday, his eighth start this season. All have come at the hot corner.
Corey Seager caught his cleat on the outfield grass in the ninth inning Wednesday and tweaked his hip, but stayed in the game. He is out of the starting lineup on Friday, with Kiké Hernandez starting at shortstop.
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Seager after the game met with trainers and said his hip felt fine after a soft tissue massage and that he expected to play on Friday. That is not the case.
He misses out on a birthday start, after homering last year on his birthday. Seager turns 24 on Friday. He is 2-for-7 with two walks and that home run on his birthday in the majors.
Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia completed his minor league rehab assignment and on Wednesday was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. From a logistical standpoint it doesn’t change much for Garcia, who was already pitching with OKC. He has a 4.15 ERA in five appearances, with two strikeouts and no walks in 4⅓ innings.