Justin Turner Tweets Encouraging Update After Scary Spring Training Injury
A terrifying scene played out during the Boston Red Sox's Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday when Justin Turner was hit in head by a Matt Manning fastball.
Turner immediately fell to the ground with blood gushing out of his head. He had to be removed from the game and was sent to a local hospital.
Fortunately, Turner appears to be alright after tweeting an encouraging injury update on Tuesday.
Justin Turner Injury Update
Turner, who received 16 stitches to close the wound, thanked everyone for their kind messages and support. He also revealed that he didn't suffer any broken bones or teeth, so he expects to be back on the field relatively soon.
This is a huge sigh of relief for Red Sox fans, some of whom still remember Tony Conigliaro's career-altering beaning during the 1967 season. Getting hit in the head with a pitch can be incredibly dangerous -- even lethal in some cases -- so Turner was very fortunate to have avoided a serious injury.
Boston is counting on the 38-year-old former All-Star to help anchor its lineup this season, so it's encouraging that he'll be able to resume playing soon. Hopefully the incident doesn't have any lingering mental or physical after-effects and Turner is able to enjoy a healthy, productive season.