While some Los Angeles Dodges will use the All-Star break to rest and attempt to get healthy, Justin Turner will remain busy.
The utility infielder was placed on the disabled list June 29 with a strained hamstring and will begin a rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Sunday. According to Everett Cook of the LA Times, Turner believes he can make his return to the Dodgers Friday:
Everything feels good,” Turner said before Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres. “I took a bunch of at-bats, but it’s a little different when you have a cage around you than taking actual at-bats. So we’ll see how that goes. If the timing feels good and everything, Friday looks pretty doable.”
Following the All-Star break, the Dodgers will begin a three-game series in St. Louis, then travel to Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The time off is also providing the Dodgers with an opportunity to set their starting rotation.
According to Zach Helfand of the LA Times, Dan Haren will be the first to take the ball post All-Star Game:
He did reveal the rotation: Dan Haren will pitch the first game after the break, followed by Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu; a fifth starter has yet to be decided.
While Haren earning the first start in the second half is somewhat of a surprise, it could signal manager Don Mattingly is mindful of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pending appearances in the All-Star Game.
It also will allow additional time for Josh Beckett to continue recovering from a hip injury before he’s needed. Or more importantly, it aligns so Greinke, Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are on track to start in the July 25-27 series with the Giants.
The two teams have remained neck-and-neck in the National League West standings since the Dodgers caught the Giants in June.
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