Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner emerged as the team’s third baseman earlier this season, prompting the team to trade Juan Uribe to the New York Mets.
Turner has been a force in the middle of the Dodgers lineup, but he missed time with a MRSA infection last month and is now out after leaving Saturday night’s game with left knee soreness. He felt the pain coming out of the batter’s box on his double and the pain became too much to remain in the game.
After sitting out two games, the 30-year-old underwent an MRI and discussed the results. The MRI showed tendinitis and a bone bruise in his knee. Based on that, Turner believes he will be back in the starting lineup in a couple days. He was happy with what the examination showed. “This was pretty much the best case we could’ve had,” he said. “But, there’s not really a whole lot medicine-wise to speed it up. So, it’s kind of a good-case, bad-case thing.”
The Dodger third baseman added that they are waiting for the tendinitis to subside a bit, but that the bone bruise is something he’s dealt with since fouling a ball off his knee earlier this year. “The bone bruise might be there for a while, but that’s manageable,” Turner said. “I’ve been playing with that all year.”
When Turner went down, the Dodgers were forced to use Chase Utley at third base for the first time in his career. Injuries to Kiké Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Jose Peraza have left the team’s infield a bit thin. Alex Guerrero filled in at third base on Sunday, but with a right-hander on the mound, Utley was forced to make his debut at the hot corner.
Even though Rollins and Hernandez are nearing their returns, the Dodgers will need Turner to return soon in order to be in sync for the postseason.