Logan Forsythe joins Justin Turner on the disabled list
Justin Turner played 1,000 innings at third base for the Dodgers last season. He has not played an inning this season, and his injury might indirectly have led to his replacement joining him on the disabled list.
Logan Forsythe, who had been playing through fatigue in his right shoulder for six weeks, was put on the disabled list Sunday. Manager Dave Roberts said an MRI exam revealed inflammation in the shoulder but “no structural damage.”
When Turner suffered a broken wrist with 10 days to go in spring training, the Dodgers moved Forsythe from second base to third. Forsythe said he believed the late move was a factor in the injury.
“It is a different throw, when you lengthen your arm out,” Forsythe said. “For me, my shoulder takes the brunt of it. … I think it played a role.”
Turner, an All-Star third baseman, has not resumed hitting and his return is likely several weeks away. Roberts said it would be “feasible” for Forsythe to return after the minimum 10 days on the disabled list.
On Sunday, utility player Enrique Hernandez started at third base for the first time this season. Roberts said Hernandez would get most of the playing time at third base, backed up by catcher-infielder Kyle Farmer and rookie utility player Breyvic Valera. The Dodgers recalled Valera from triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Forsythe is batting .174 in 12 games, and is tied for the major league lead with four errors.
“It was just a lingering-type thing,” he said. “The strength was there. … I thought I was getting over the hump.”
On Saturday, Forsythe said, “It just grabbed me.”
The Dodgers acquired Valera on April 1, after the St. Louis Cardinals designated him for assignment. He was one for 10 in his major league debut last season. He is a switch-hitter and good runner, and has played every position but pitcher and catcher.
He grew up in Venezuela, with countryman Omar Vizquel as his favorite player.
“When I was a kid, I would always look up to Chase Utley,” Valera said.
Valera is 26.
Matt Kemp played for the Dodgers for nine years before this one, but he was in Atlanta last year when the Dodgers unveiled their Jackie Robinson statue. On Sunday, before the Dodgers suited up in their No. 42 jerseys, Kemp journeyed to the reserve level of the stadium and visited the statue, reading the inscriptions and taking a few pictures.
“To see the statue was a very special moment for me,” Kemp said.
Kenley Jansen interrupted his pregame routine to embrace Don Newcombe and take pictures with him.
“He’s like a second father to him,” Roberts said.
Newcombe, 91, a teammate of Robinson, was dressed in a sharp blue blazer. He walked to home plate, accompanied by a handful of Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients, and the group delivered the traditional pregame salute: “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”
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