Dodgers' Justin Turner breaks left wrist on HBP

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will not have veteran slugger Justin Turner in their lineup on opening day.

Turner was struck by a pitch from right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning.

With AP Photos.Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. Last year's NLCS MVP grunted and winced as he jogged away from the plate toward the dugout, his hand hanging limp at his side.

Donovan Solano served as Turner's pinch runner, and Solano took over at third base when the Dodgers went into the field. Last season Turner led Los Angeles in getting hit by pitches with 19.

When it comes to Turner's timetable with his wrist, he suffered a "small non-displaced fracture" in his left wrist, which means the bone just cracked but wasn't knocked out of place - I'm no doctor, but I would assume that's good news for the Dodgers. The 19 times he was hit by a pitch a year ago topped the Dodgers and was third in Major League Baseball.

"You feel for the player and we're not as good a team without J.T., no doubt about that", Zaidi told Ken Gurnick, who covers the Dodgers for mlb.com. "There are guys who can move around".

Last season Turner appeared in 130 games for the reigning National League champions, hitting.322 with 21 home runs, 71 runs batted in and a.945 OPS.

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