There are only a handful of acceptable excuses for being late to or missing a spring training workout.
Fortunately for Trea Turner, he had one of those excuses on Wednesday.
According to MASN Sports, the runner-up for the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year award was late to the Washington Nationals morning workout because he was performing a civic duty. As in, Turner was summoned to jury duty at a courthouse close to the Nationals facility.
It’s a truly rare occurrence. Players are typically far enough away from home during spring training or the season to avoid serving, but Turner’s residence in nearby Lake Worth, Fla. made it impossible for him to be excused.
Fortunately, Turner was not required to stick around long. In fact, he was back at camp in time to take batting practice with his teammates.
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