Boston Red Sox infielder Justin Turner needs SIXTEEN stitches but has left the hospital after being hit in the head by a wild pitch from Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning during spring training
Boston Red Sox infielder Justin Turner has left the hospital with 16 stitches after being hit in the face with a pitch during Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
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.
His wife, Kourtney, later gave an update Monday night, revealing that Turner had returned home after treatment.
She revealed that the Red Sox player had been treated with 16 stitches and still had a lot of swelling but indicated he had managed to avoid fractures.
She wrote on Twitter, “Thank you to everyone who reached out to Justin and sent prayers. We’re home now and he’s resting (okay – maybe listening to the replay of the game). 16 stitches and a lot of swelling, but we thank God for no fractures and clear scans.’
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
Boston had previously 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.
“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.
Last season, he hit .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBIs in 128 games for LA.
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 treat 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