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Dodgers: Justin Turner Held Out of Lineup After Hit by Pitch Last Night



It seemed incidental when Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit on the left leg on Friday night in a 4-3 walk off win. After the game, manager Dave Roberts mentioned that the hamstring area above the left knee had swelled up on Turner as the night progressed and that he hoped to have him in the lineup at DH on Sunday.

Turns out that wasn’t the case, but still no reason to panic. Doc provided the update to the media on Sunday.

There’s still some swelling, some bruising, but a little bit of improvement. He could play but we’re just choosing to give him today so he can have two days and I expect him back in there on Tuesday.

Of course, Turner is all too familiar with getting hit by pitches. Earlier in August, Justin became the Dodgers’ franchise leader in plunkings when he passed Hall of Famer Zack Wheat for the painful honor. Saturday’s HBP was the 76th of JT’s time with LA and the 91st of his career.

The rest day combined with Monday’s off day is more than likely a good thing for the 35-year-old red head. He’s started 28 of the Dodgers 29 games, with 24 of those being on the field at third base. On the season, JT is slashing .272/.372/.408 in the final year of a 4-year deal inked in the winter between the 2016-2017 seasons.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Hopefully he will be Ok.

    I want the NL League to keep the DH next year otherwise it does not make much sense to sign Turner for next year. Rios is shaping up nicely and Muncy plays 3rd well also. They ought to start playing Seager there as he isn’t a spectacular SS but might make a very good defensive 3rd baseman.
    I wonder what is going on with Lux?

  2. Keep Turner. Get rid of Manfred. And get rid of the DH in both leagues. If you’re going to play the game, play it all, or don’t play at all.

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