GLENDALE — With Opening Day just over a week away, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a severe blow Monday when 2017 All Star and National League Championship Series MVP third baseman Justin Turner broke his left wrist.
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Turner will need surgery, but that the injury will keep him out of the lineup for an extended period of time, leaving a hole in the middle of the order and an open spot on the roster.
Regular second baseman Logan Forsythe, who came up as a third baseman in 2011, will shift over to the hot corner and be the everyday third baseman with Turner out of the lineup, Roberts said. In 98 career games there, Forsythe committed five errors, three of which occurred last season.
Forsythe said it will take some reps to get his timing back to where it needs to be to be the everyday third baseman.
“I feel like second base is kind of position one, third would be, probably, two,” Forsythe said. “The only thing is when I go back to third, the reaction time isn’t what it used to be. But it doesn’t take too long.”
With Forsythe moving over, Roberts said Kiké Hernández, Chase Utley and Austin Barnes will get reps at second for the time being. Starting center fielder Chris Taylor could also move to the infield, if needed, but Roberts said he prefers him to stay in the outfield.
As for the roster spot that Turner’s injury clears, that could be filled by Kyle Farmer, who can split time between catcher and third base.
Farmer, who played in 20 games for the Dodgers a season ago, has been on a tear this spring. In 28 at-bats, he’s hit .429, leading all Dodgers with 10 or more plate appearances with three home runs and nine RBIs.
That hot bat has kept him on the fringe of making the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, but Turner’s injury could clear the way. Farmer started Tuesday’s game at third base and will continue to see the field in Arizona to fight for a spot.
“He’s had a great camp,” Roberts said. “(We’re playing him) potentially to see if it makes sense to have him on our roster.”
In the minor leagues, Farmer has made seven errors in 155 chances at third base in 72 games over his five-year career and did not have an opportunity to field a ball in seven innings at the hot corner with Los Angeles last season.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Dodgers don’t have another day off before their final spring training game against the Angels in Los Angeles next week. This will give Roberts and company more time to look at their options to fill their roster before the season starts March 29.