Dodgers: Despite Hamstring Discomfort, Justin Turner Wants to Play

JT is always going to fight to be in the lineup.

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.

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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Dodgers need Turner in the lineup period. If he has to DH in order to protect his hamstring so be it. Play Rios or Muncy at 3rd, but Dodgers have to have his bat!

    • Well they don’t need it for the next 5 meaningless games. Give him a few ABs as DH just to keep him sharp. It’s painful watching him run the bases the last few weeks.

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