The Los Angeles Dodgers received a boost Thursday night when Justin Turner was activated off the 15-day disabled list. He’d been sidelined with a MRSA infection after scratching at an ingrown hair on his leg that then became infected.
Turner appeared off the bench his first night back, but was in the starting lineup Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored in the Dodgers’ win, combining with Adrian Gonzalez to drive in all of the Dodgers’ five runs.
“He’s great,” Gonzalez said of Turner. “Always coming up with big hits, driving in runs and making the pitchers work. That just makes our lineup deeper and stronger.” With Turner batting third and Gonzalez in the cleanup spot, the duo went 3-for-7 with the aforementioned five RBIs and two runs scored.
Turner tied the game in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, and he pushed the Dodgers ahead in the fifth with a two-out RBI single. Gonzalez followed with a three-run home run in the fifth and the Dodgers never looked back.
When taking into account Kiké Hernandez, who hit second, the trio of infielders combined to go 6-for-13. Turner improved his slash line to .327/.388/.562 and he currently leads the Dodgers with a .407 wOBA and 166 wRC+.
Without Turner in the lineup, the Dodgers are left to rely on Alberto Callaspo and Alex Guerrero. Callaspo this season is batting .262/.338/.303 and Guerrero .236/.262/.467, though the Cuban native has largely slumped after a hot start to the season.