“You’re Gonna Choke On Your Blood”: Justin Turner Reveals a Horrific Detail About His Gruesome Head Injury

Published 03/13/2023, 3:27 PM EDT

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March 7th, 2023 was a harrowing day for the Turner family. Not only them but the Boston Red Sox as well as the team’s fans. Justin Turner accidentally got hit in the face by a ball from Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Matt Manning, leaving him a bloody mess. It was just the first inning and things had already taken a dramatic turn.

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However, Turner later gave an update that with only a facial laceration and 16 stitches, he was feeling lucky. His family would probably argue, but oh well. News outlets reported the incident as if a wildfire had caught on and everyone had an opinion. His first season with the Red Sox is off to a rather melodramatic start, but the 38-year-old remains hopeful. Now, he’s giving his side of the story from that scary moment.

Doctors wouldn’t let Justin Turner lie on his back for fear of him choking on his own blood

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Sounds like a statement out of a horror story, but it’s true. Turner’s cheek was bleeding profusely, both on the inside and outside. So much so that he kept spitting and spitting, but it wouldn’t stop. A head injury would make anyone want to lie down and close their eyes, but Turner wasn’t so lucky.

Talking on his wife Kourtney’s podcast, Holding Kourt, he said, “I felt like I wanted to pass out and I was so uncomfortable…I wanted to lay on my back. And they wouldn’t let me lay on my back because I was still bleeding so much. They were like, ‘You can’t lay down or you’re gonna choke on your blood.”

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48 Hours After Gruesome Injury, Justin Turner Gives Another Encouraging Update

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Turner went on to praise the excellent medical professionals that helped him out in the aftermath. They wanted to make sure Turner didn’t have a concussion, so they asked him basic questions – what day it was, his name, what team he was playing for, etc. Fortunately, looks like things will be okay now.

Turner is expected to return to the field soon as his stitches come off

The 38-year-old gave an update to reporters recently. “I got pretty lucky, all things considered. Every day, I’ve been getting a little bit better. I actually got the last of the stitches removed today and starting to do some baseball activities, so that’s encouraging,” he said.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora is also positive about the future, as long as Turner keeps resting and things go as planned. If reports are to be believed, the third baseman might just make it to Opening Day after all!

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned an English literature degree from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, Arunima has always been interested in writing. She's a fan of archery and was the captain of her college team for two years running. She's an avid reader who also loves photography and travel, and you can find her talking constantly about books and anime on her Instagram!
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