Red Sox Justin Turner Expected to be in Lineup Monday
Boston Red Sox's DH/first baseman Justin Turner took batting practice today at JetBlue Park and is back in the lineup as the designated hitter for Boston's Grapefruit League game on Monday against the Pirates.
Manager Alex Cora provided a little more insight on the wellbeing of Turner after his injury scare. "He feels good," Cora told reporters at JetBlue Park today. "Now it's a race for at-bats and feeling comfortable with it. But so far, so good."
It has almost been two weeks since Turner was in the lineup. After getting hit in the face with a pitch on March 6th in a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, Turner thankfully avoided any serious fractures. He did however, require 16 stitches.
Currently, Red Sox Opening Day is set for March 30th against the Baltimore Orioles and Turner is projected to be in the Opening Day lineup for the Sox. He was brought in to play a big role in the organization this season after he signed back in January for one year that includes a player option in 2024. The Red Sox knew the kind of grittiness Turner would bring and he's already starting to portray that.
Hopefully, Turner can use these last couple of weeks to regain his footing as other numerous Sox players are starting to trickle back from the World Baseball Classic.
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- W. Monast