A Dodgers-Giants game under the lights is special enough on its own, and the pitching matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto added to the luster, making it almost feel like a regular season game. Almost.
But then in the bottom of the first inning, there was a flashback to an ominous spring training moment. Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on a knuckle of his left hand, and was in obvious pain as he was tended to by trainers near home plate. It was very much like in 2018, when a Kendall Graveman fastball broke his left wrist, causing Turner to miss the first 40 games of the regular season.
This time, however, Turner stayed in the game, and even batted again.
Turner’s third-inning home run was his first of the spring, and produced a fun reaction from Giants catcher Rob Brantly.
Turner did leave the game after that home run, after playing three innings in the field. As a precaution, he had his hand examined, and said X-rays were negative.
But, at least compared to two years ago, Turner’s HBP situation seems less grave, man.
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Kershaw pitched three scoreless innings in his second start of spring, throwing 43 pitches. He struck out four, hit a batter, and allowed two singles (one a bunt), both by Mike Yastrzemski.
Cody Bellinger was scratched Monday with discomfort in his side and was out of the lineup Tuesday, but insisted it had nothing to do with his aggressive swing at Topgolf on Sunday night. My favorite part of the ordeal was Bellinger telling reporters they could use the “100” emoji to indicate he was 100 percent.
Bellinger said he didn’t hurt himself at Top Golf and said he just had a knot in his back a couple days ago and is 100 percent #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 4, 2020
Chris Taylor hasn’t played since getting hit by a pitch on his left shoulder last Thursday. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more details.
Brusdar Graterol on Wednesday night struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, in his second Cactus League appearance. Bill Plunkett profiled the new Dodgers pitcher at the Orange County Register:
“The consistency of his secondary stuff is behind his 80 fastball,” Friedman said, resorting to the 20-to-80 scouting scale. “So we can utilize that potentially sooner in the bullpen and we’ll continue to try to develop him while he’s potentially helping us at the major-league level. And there’s a scenario where he doesn’t make our team. Then maybe we’ll work on some longer outings and work on some pitch design stuff. So we’ll see as we get into it.”