Dodgers fans got a little bit of a scare on Tuesday night when Justin Turner was suddenly scratched from the starting lineup. It was later announced that Turner had experienced hamstring discomfort leading up to the game against Oakland. As a precaution, Roberts pulled him from the lineup and put Edwin Rios in at the hot corner.
Roberts also later confirmed that Turner could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday. He wanted to see how JT felt when he came in before the game. The Dodgers third baseman also apparently urged Doc to let him play on Wednesday.
Justin Turner told Dave Roberts he wants to play tomorrow.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 23, 2020
Given the fact that the Dodgers have already clinched the division, it seems like a little bit of a risk to force the issue. Playoffs start next week, and having Turner at full capacity is going to be very important. Turner is a career .310 hitter in the playoffs and could prove to be a vital bat in the lineup during crunch time.
On the flip side, getting Turner at-bats could also prove beneficial as the Dodgers approach October. He only has 18 at-bats in September since returning from a hamstring strain that sidelined him in late August.
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