Boston Red Sox infielder Justin Turner is left bloodied and taken to hospital but is ‘stable and alert’ after being hit in the head by a wild pitch from Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning during spring training
Boston Red Sox infielder Justin Turner was taken to a hospital after leaving Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers when he was hit in the face with a pitch.
The 38-year-old fell to the ground after being hit by right-hander Matt Manning before medical staff rushed to the plate.
Turner was bleeding and had a towel on his face as he walked off the field.
Boston released a statement providing an update on the health and status of the recent acquisition.
“He is being treated for soft tissue injuries and being monitored for a concussion,” the Red Sox said in a statement.
Boston’s Justin Turner was hit in the heat by a laser from Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning
The Red Sox announced that Turner had since been taken to a hospital following the brutal blow to the head
“It will continue to be tested and we will update as soon as we have more information. Justin is stable, alert and cheerful given the circumstances.”
Turner will likely miss some time for the Red Sox, but there is no timetable for his return to the field.
“My stomach is sick,” said color commentator Will Middlebrooks during the Red Sox broadcast on NESN.
“You never, ever, ever want to see that — especially in a spring training game where a guy is just trying to get his work in and get ready for the season.”
The two-time All-Star signed a two-year, $21.7 million deal with the Red Sox during the off-season after spending the past nine years with the Dodgers.
He previously played for the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.
He hit .278 for LA last season with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games.
In better news for the Sox, they managed to dismantle Detroit and win the game in Fort Myers 7-1.
Medical personnel rushed to the plate to attend to him after the 38-year-old fell to the floor
Turner was bleeding and had a towel over his face as he walked off the field with a staff member