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Red Sox’s Justin Turner transported after being hit in the face by a pitch

Turner immediately went down to the ground while bleeding heavily after being struck


Justin Turner, who has a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, was hit in the side of the face by a pitch on Mar. 6, 2023.

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By Chris Cotillo

BOSTON Hours after Red Sox designated hitter/first baseman Justin Turner was hit in the face by a pitch during the club’s exhibition win over the Tigers, his wife issued a positive update on his condition.

Turner’s wife Kourtney tweeted early Monday evening that Turner, who was taken by ambulance after being struck by a Matt Manning pitch, had been released from the hospital and was home. Turner required 16 stitches but did not suffer any facial fractures, according to the tweet.

“Thank you to everyone that reached out about Justin and sent prayers,” Kourtney Turner tweeted. “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 are thanking God for no fractures & clear scans.”

Turner, who joined the Red Sox in December on a one-year contract, was hit in the side of the face by the first pitch Manning threw him in the first inning Monday. He immediately went down to the ground while bleeding heavily. Manager Alex Cora said Turner was coherent shortly after being hit; team trainers led him to the clubhouse before he was taken away by ambulance.

The Red Sox are expected to issue an official update Tuesday morning. Earlier Monday afternoon, the club reported that Turner was stable and in good spirits.

Justin Turner was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation after being hit in the face by a pitch,” the team announced. “He’s receiving treatment for soft tissue injuries, and is being monitored for a concussion. He will undergo further testing, and we’ll update as we have more information. Justin is stable, alert, and in good spirits given the circumstances.”

Turner’s timetable for a return to game action is unclear.

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