Boston Red Sox first baseman Justin Turner was briefly hospitalized after being hit in the face by a pitch from Detroit Tigers.
Justin Turner : Hit by Pitch | Hit in face | Update
Turner played college baseball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans.
He was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds, and made his major league debut in 2009.
With the Dodgers, Turner was an All-Star in 2017, and won the 2017 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award.
He won the 2020 World Series with the Dodgers.
Justin Turner hit by pitch
Boston Red Sox infielder Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the face in the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
The pitch thrown by Tigers starter Matt Manning struck Turner on the left side of his face on the cheek. He fell to his knees with blood dripping from his face.
The home plate umpire and Tigers catcher Eric Haase immediately signaled the Red Sox bench for assistance.
Turner walked off the field with an athletic trainer, a towel pressed to his face.
There is video of the incident on Twitter, although viewer discretion is advised.
The Red Sox said in a statement that Turner was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
“He’s receiving treatment for soft tissue injuries and is being monitored for a concussion,” the team said. “He will undergo further testing, and we’ll update as we have more information. Justin is stable, alert and in good spirits given the circumstances.”
Manning struggled on Monday, giving up four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. He walked a batter in addition to hitting Turner.
Justin Turner hit in face
The pitch appeared to hit Turner in the face, and he immediately fell to the ground as training staff rushed out to check on him.
Turner was able to get up and leave the field. He was then taken to a hospital, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
The two-time All-Star signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the Red Sox during the offseason after spending the past nine years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games last season.
The veteran was expected to be Boston’s primary designated hitter this season while also getting some playing time at first base.
I don’t think I’m going to embed the video of Turner being hit, because it’s really scary. You can see it on Twitter if you must. Be forewarned: it’s gross, as Turner started bleeding profusely right away.
Turner was able to walk off the field, but obviously heading to the hospital thereafter raises concerns. Hopefully he’ll be OK.
Turner’s wife, Kourtney, shared an encouraging update stating Justin is home and resting. He received 16 stitches and there is a lot of swelling, but no fractures and clear scans.
According to an Instagram story from Turner’s wife, Kourtney, he had “16 stitches and a lot of swelling but we are thanking God for no fractures & clear scans.”
“Thank you to everyone that reached out about Justin and sent prayers,” Kourtney wrote in her story that was later reposted by Justin. “We’re home now and he’s resting (okay – maybe listening to the replay of the game).”
“He’s receiving treatment for soft tissue injuries, and is being monitored for a concussion,” the Red Sox said in a statement. “He will undergo further testing, and we’ll update as we have more information. Justin is stable, alert, and in good spirits given the circumstances.”
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