3:49 PM PT — Justin Turner‘s wife said in an Instagram post late Monday afternoon the Boston star needed 16 stitches to close the wounds suffered in the hit by pitch … but, thankfully, he’s doing well now.
“He’s resting,” she said, before adding, “(okay – maybe listening to the replay of the game). 16 stitches and a lot of swelling but we are thanking God for no fractures & clear scans!”
12:18 PM PT — The Red Sox announced Justin Turner has been taken to the hospital and is being evaluated for a concussion.
“Justin is stable, alert, and in good spirits given the circumstances,” the team said.
Red Sox star Justin Turner just got drilled in the face by a pitch during a spring training game … and the blow was so violent, it left him oozing blood at home plate.
The scary incident happened during Boston’s exhibition tilt with the Tigers … when Turner came up to bat with two runners on base in the bottom of the second inning.
Graphic warning: Justin Turner got drilled in the face and bled a lot. Really really scary stuff. Praying for JT 🙏🙏
— Boston Sports Gordo (@BOSSportsGordo) March 6, 2023
Detroit right-hander Matt Manning threw a ball up and in … and Turner couldn’t get out of the way — and it caught him flush in his face.
The former L.A. Dodgers third baseman immediately dropped to the ground in pain … and video from the game’s broadcast showed he was bleeding profusely from his face.
Red Sox trainers raced out to tend to him, covering his mouth with a towel before ushering him into the locker room.
Justin Turner walks off after being hit in the face by a pitch pic.twitter.com/UvecNR7YYc
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) March 6, 2023
The Sox — who acquired Turner last December in free agency — have yet to announce an update on the 38-year-old’s status.
Originally Published — 11:25 AM PT