“I’m Feeling Very Fortunate..”: Hours After Freak Head Injury, Justin Turner Puts Fans at Ease With an Encouraging Update

Published 03/08/2023, 6:30 AM EST

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It was supposed to be a routine pre-season game, but on March 6th, 2023, the baseball world was rocked by a terrifying moment in Jet Blue Park. Justin Turner, the phenomenal third baseman of the Boston Red Sox, found himself in the middle of a nightmare when he was hit in the face by a slipped fastball from Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning. The sound of the ball hitting the athlete’s face echoed throughout the stadium, sending a shiver down the spine of every spectator. Blood gushed from his wound, and it was clear that this was no ordinary injury. In a matter of seconds, the game was put on pause, and all eyes were on Turner as he was rushed to the hospital. 

Turner had faced a facial laceration and needed 16 stitches. The baseball world held its breath, waiting for any news on the extent of his injuries. Fortunately, the latest update from Turner himself has given fans a reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

Justin Turner’s health update has fans breathing a sigh of relief 


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As a professional athlete, injuries are a part of the game. It’s something that every athlete prepares for and hopes to avoid. But when the unexpected happens, it can be a scary moment for everyone involved. And that is exactly what happened when Justin Turner was rushed to the hospital.

Thankfully, as reports suggest, the X-Rays came back negative, and it was confirmed that Turner had no major injuries. The athlete himself confirmed that he still had all his “chiclets in tact” and that there were no breaks. It was certainly a better update than anyone had expected, especially after witnessing his bloodied face. 


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And his return to the field might not be too long of a wait as he’s already thinking about it!

How did fans react to Turner’s update? 

The fans are pouring in their love for the athlete and are wishing him a fast recovery. Some are in awe of his resilience while others are waiting for him to make his comeback soon! 


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Hopefully, the athlete will make his comeback soon and dominate the ballpark. Turner has had his fair share of injuries in his career and has come back stronger than ever, so it is safe to say that the player will return without a single hitch in his game. 

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Written by:

Garima Verma


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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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Tony Thomas