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With Turner out, Dodgers move Forsythe to 3B

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Justin Turner said on Tuesday his broken left wrist will not need surgery. He said he still doesn't have a timeline to return, and he was scheduled to see hand specialist Dr. Brian Shafer later in the day.

Turner, who suffered the small non-displaced fracture when hit by a pitch Monday night, said he will have the wrist in a brace for a few days, then begin range-of-motion exercises.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Justin Turner said on Tuesday his broken left wrist will not need surgery. He said he still doesn't have a timeline to return, and he was scheduled to see hand specialist Dr. Brian Shafer later in the day.

Turner, who suffered the small non-displaced fracture when hit by a pitch Monday night, said he will have the wrist in a brace for a few days, then begin range-of-motion exercises.

"Good news," Turner said.

Video: OAK@LAD: Turner exits in 1st with a broken wrist

In the meantime, the Dodgers soldiered on. Manager Dave Roberts said second baseman Logan Forsythe will move to third. Second base will be shared by Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez and possibly Austin Barnes. Chris Taylor will remain in center field and lead off, followed in the batting order by shortstop Corey Seager and first baseman Cody Bellinger.

"That's a tall ask, to be as productive as J.T. is in the box," Roberts said of losing Turner's bat. "The big hits he gets, the at-bat quality when he's in the box and the presence. We've got a lot of good players and we'll do the best we can."

"I'm ready to play third, you know that," said Forsythe, who came up as a third baseman but has been primarily a second baseman since his second big league season in 2012.

"It's just switching the workload to third. Take a little off second-base side. I know all the plays and all the signs, so there's no learning curve there. And now it's just a matter of getting comfortable."

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Forsythe played 42 games at third base last year, many of them when Turner was sidelined for nearly a month with a hamstring injury. Forsythe played 80 games at second base.

"Second base is position No. 1, third would be No. 2," he said. "The only thing is the reaction time isn't as quick as it used to be. But it doesn't take too long. The injury stinks for J.T., but it gives me another four or five days to get that reaction time back, compared to if it happened in season."

Forsythe echoed the disappointment of management at the loss of Turner, an All-Star last year for the first time.

"It stinks," Forsythe said. "He's one of our core guys, one of the leaders. He'll be with us. We saw him last night, he was down. He doesn't need to stress. He needs to heal. And we've got to pick him up."

Forsythe is coming off his first year with the Dodgers -- a disappointing one offensively, as he hit .224 with six homers and 36 RBIs. By contrast, Turner finished third in the league with a .322 average and had 21 homers and 71 RBIs.

But Forsythe worked through a mechanical adjustment late last season that he took into the postseason, and he has picked right up this spring with a .357 average and 1.043 OPS.

Turner's injury also might open a roster spot for utility man Kyle Farmer, who already was in the mix for one of the Dodgers' remaining bench spots. Farmer was in the starting lineup at third base on Tuesday.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

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