Justin Turner was one of the Boston Red Sox‘s high-profile signings for the 2023 season.
The third baseman has had a very fruitful career with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the last decade and will now try his luck on the East Coast.
He has been a part of the Red Sox’s spring training squad, getting ready for the season ahead.
He suffered an unfortunate injury on Monday, though.
Turner was removed from today’s Grapefruit League contest against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning after being hit in the face by a pitch.
The scene was actually scary, as he was bleeding profusely after taking the fastball directly to the face from Tigers starter Matt Manning.
There is some good news to report, though.
An update regarding Justin Turner: pic.twitter.com/77PcOdScXc
— Red Sox (@RedSox) March 6, 2023
The Red Sox updated his status and he is not in a critical state.
He was taken to the hospital and is being treated for facial injuries and a potential concussion.
He is “stable, alert, and in good spirits” after the unfortunate event.
The veteran never lost consciousness and walked off the field on his own, without help.
He is not out of the woods yet when it comes to returning to the lineup, though.
The likelihood of a concussion is considerable, and if that’s the case, it could be several weeks before he is back in the lineup.
Even if he is not concussed, it’s fair to assume he won’t be back for at least a few weeks.
He won’t miss the season or even multiple months in all likelihood, but he won’t be back tomorrow or the day after that.
The Red Sox need to make sure he is okay, and he will be back as soon as he clears a few hurdles.NEXT: A Red Sox Legend Stopped By Spring Camp On Friday