The Dodgers watched one of their team leaders go down on Friday night with Justin Turner exiting the game. JT stole second base in a tied game but slowed down pretty quickly as he slid into the bag. The team’s medical staff came out with Dave Roberts and pulled him out of the game.
The initial update was that the team was hopeful it was just a simple cramp that forced him out. Speaking with Dodgers media on Saturday, Roberts revealed that Turner would be sitting out the games in Texas this weekend to rest up and get a feel for his leg.
Justin Turner is doing better today per Doc.
Will sit out today and probably tomorow. Will come in on Monday/Tuesday to evaluate.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 29, 2020
Roberts also updated the injury as a “low-grade strain” rather than a cramp. The Dodgers have him as day-to-day for the time being, but there is no indication that he needs to go to the injured list. Turner will be evaluated when the team gets back to Los Angeles this week with their off-day on Monday.
If Turner needs to sit out for any period of time, the Dodgers could plug any number of guys in there for him. Edwin Rios is also supposed to return at some point this week, also confirmed by Dave. Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, and Kiké Hernández could all potentially spend time there over the next few days as well.
Turner had been producing at a pretty high level before going down with the leg injury. He leads the Dodgers in on-base percentage and is third in runs driven in.