Another week, another injury to a Dodgers star. Third baseman Justin Turner injured his groin on Sunday after fielding a grounder in foul territory. Turner was limping in the dugout after the inning. Manager Dave Roberts pulled him and had this to say after the game about Turner’s status:
“Right now, it’s day-to-day…I don’t want to put a timetable on it, but he’ll be down for a few games and we’ll reevaluate then.”
Hairston Weighs in on the Turner Injury
SportsNet LA analyst and 16-year MLB veteran Jerry Hairston Jr. was not as optimistic about Turner’s injury.
“It depends on the player. I would say he would be [going on the IL] because I rather be safe than sorry with that type of injury. Anytime you can’t move around with your groin, with your hamstring, or the calf…you’re playing a premium position like at third base where you’re using all of your fast twitch muscles.”
Turner is slashing .289/.376/.491 this season and has the second best wRC+ (138) amongst third baseman. Losing Turner for a few games, if not longer, will be a tough pill to swallow for the Dodgers.
Hairston Jr. continued his point by stating that caution is the best course of action for handling this injury.
“This is not April where you could sit back, four, five, six days and let it go. We can’t have Justin Turner miss a month or six weeks if he re-injures it. Hopefully it’s not serious, but if it is, they need to be very cautious.”
Utility-man Chris Taylor might be the first choice to temporarily take over the hot corner while Turner nurses his injury. Taylor, a 2021 All-Star, says he feels comfortable at third and did get some reps in at spring training at the position.
The Dodgers will need to keep the boat afloat without Taylor during their East Coast road trip.