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Dodgers: Justin Turner Moves to Taking Swings Off Tee



Good news, Dodgers fans! Although Justin Turner isn’t quite ready for a triumphant return yet, we did see a positive and encouraging video this morning. On Friday morning, Turner tweeted out a video of him taking some swings off a tee.

https://twitter.com/redturn2/status/989913465115496448

Turner injured his wrist back in Spring Training. There was never a timetable given for his return, so we’ve all just been partaking in one long waiting game. The good news for the Dodgers is that they have a plethora of depth, and they’ve been using it to the max. Through the first month of the season, the Dodgers have thrown out Logan Forsythe, Kiké Hernandez , Kyle Farmer, and even Max Muncy at third base.

Dave Roberts spoke yesterday, giving an update on Turner and his fractured wrist.

“I don’t know when he’s slated to take ‘on-the-field’ batting practice, but I know he has taken dry swings,”

 

Analysis

It goes without question saying the Dodgers are in desperate need of Turner’s return to third base. Currently sitting at 11-12, the boys in blue find themselves 5.5 games behind the Diamondbacks for first place. Their offense has definitely taken a hit in his absence. As a team, the Dodgers are hitting .241, which is good for 14th in the league. There’s been a shortage of the long ball as well. With only 22 home runs on the season, LA ranks 23rd as a team.

Dodgers fans have been debating if whether or not it’s too early to panic. 23 games in, that’s definitely the case. There’s still plenty of baseball left to be played. However, it’s definitely okay to be checking your phone every day for an update on our favorite red head. Hurry back, JT! We desperately miss you.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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  1. Panic can begin at around 50 games. Getting Turner back in the lineup will be big. When he returns, the Dodgers get a huge jolt of leadership and some of that fire missing right now

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