Justin Turner receives 16 stitches after getting hit in face with pitch

Boston's  Justin Turner is helped off the field after taking a pitch to the face against Detroit in spring training Monday.
Boston’s Justin Turner is helped off the field after taking a pitch to the face against the Detroit Tigers in spring training Monday.
(Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

Former Dodgers star Justin Turner was hit in the face by a pitch Monday while playing in a spring training game for his new team, the Boston Red Sox.

According to the Red Sox, Turner was taken to a a Fort Myers, Fla., hospital, where he received treatment for soft tissue injuries and was being monitored for a concussion.

“Justin is stable, alert, and in good spirits given the circumstances,” the Red Sox said in a statement.


Turner’s wife, Kourtney, later tweeted that Turner was resting at home after receiving 16 stitches.

Turner was facing Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning with two runners on, no outs and a 2-1 count when the incident occurred in the bottom of the first inning.

Video footage shows Turner bleeding from his face onto home plate. Turner walked off the field under his own power but was helped by a member of the Red Sox training staff, who held a towel over the veteran player’s face.

Justin Turner is excited to be part of the Boston Red Sox, but the former Dodgers third baseman always will cherish what he accomplished in L.A.

Jan. 22, 2023

Turner spent nine seasons with the Dodgers, becoming a beloved player among fans and a team leader who helped L.A. win a World Series title in 2020, the team’s first since 1988.

The Dodgers declined his $16-million option for 2023, then signed J.D. Martinez on Dec. 17 to effectively replace Turner’s right-handed bat in a predominantly designated hitting role. Turner signed a two-year, $22-million contract with the Red Sox the next day.

“It was scary. I shot him a text right when it happened, so hopefully he’s fine,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team’s game Monday at Camelback Ranch. “I haven’t heard since. But that’s just a scary thing for everybody.”