Justin Turner Injury News: Former Dodger Gets Stitches Removed, Addresses Hit by Pitch

Former Dodger favorite Justin Turner just keeps progressing. After an ugly scene last week in Florida where the now Red Sox DH was rushed to the hospital following a fastball to the face, Turner shared an update with local media on Sunday.

The message: he got pretty lucky.

“I got pretty lucky, all things considered. Every day, I’ve been getting a little bit better. I actually got the last of the stitches removed today and starting to do some baseball activities, so that’s encouraging.”

JT was hit by an up and in fastball from Tigers’ pitcher Matt Manning last Monday. Turner couldn’t get out of the way of the tailing fastball and hit the deck bleeding from his left cheek area. He went to an area hospital and had to receive 16 stitches. Justin’s wife Kourtney was able to offer a positive update soon after that the fan favorite did not sustain any injuries to his face or head outside of the cut and swelling.

Turner is entering his first season with the Sox and his new manager Alex Cora is confident that he’ll be ready for opening day.

“He walked on the treadmill (Thursday), felt good, same deal (Friday),” Cora told reporters. “Just add a little more and take it day by day. We got plenty of time. The hope is for him to be with us right away and we’ll shoot for that. He’s in good spirits. We were texting (Thursday) night and he’s feeling better. … So far, so good.”


The Dodgers will travel to Boston in August to play the Red Sox in what should be a nice family reunion with Turner and fan favorites Kiké Hernandez, Kenley Jansen, and Alex Verdugo.

Clint Pasillas

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