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Justin Turner exits game with sprained ankle

Mar 16, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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David Wright‘s status for the start of the season is in doubt due to an intercostal strain and now his likely replacement at third base is hurting.

Justin Turner left the fourth inning of this afternoon’s Grapefruit League game due to a sprained right ankle. He suffered the injury when he got his legs tangled while trying to make a throw from third base.

Turner is being sent for precautionary X-rays, but Mike Kerwick of the Bergen Record notes that he was walking around the clubhouse “without much difficulty.” The hope is that things don’t get worse overnight.

Turner, 28, batted .269/.319/.392 with two home runs, 19 RBI and a .711 OPS in 185 plate appearances last season. Zach Lutz and Brandon Hicks are among the alternatives for the hot corner.

  1. cur68 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Another ball player injured before the regular season?? Dang you, World Baseball Classic! Dang you to h . . . oh. Wait . . . Never mind.

  2. chill1184 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I rather let Lutz get a shot

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