Dodgers News: Justin Turner’s Knee Procedure Included Microfracture Surgery

Dodgers News: Justin Turner’s Knee Procedure Included Microfracture Surgery

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason by the New York Mets, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner underwent respective surgeries.

Grandal’s AC joint in his left shoulder was operated on, though it didn’t include a labrum repair, which was a benefit.

The Dodgers said Turner’s procedure involved cleaning up loose bodies in his left knee. It was the end result of Turner fouling a pitch off his knee in June.

However, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Turner also underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee:

Turner said he also had microfracture surgery on the knee, a procedure similar to the one Matt Kemp had on his left ankle at the end of the 2013 season. … To facilitate the growth of new cartilage, Turner said, “they drill holes in it and let the blood come out and refill the area that the cartilage broke out of.”

Turner explained the additional procedure as one that was due to a second MRI revealing a change in his left knee, however he expects to be recovered for Spring Training:

“My MRI before the playoffs was fine and my MRI after the playoffs showed a bunch of different stuff,” Turner said. Turner will be on crutches for two to four more weeks. He is expected to start running at full strength in three months. “I’ll be 100% well before spring training,” he said.

Turner went through a bit of a lull during August, though still finished the season batting .294/.370/.491 with 16 home runs, 60 RBIs, a .371 wOBA and 141 wRC+. He was particularly effective in the National League Division Series against the Mets.

Over five games, Turner went 10-for-19 with six doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored, and one walk.

His 10 hits in the series were the most ever for a Dodgers player in a Division Series and the most by a Dodger in any postseason series since Steve Garvey’s 10 hits in the 1981 World Series.

Moreover, Turner’s six doubles set a Dodgers record for most in any postseason series.