Dodgers News: Justin Turner Held Out of Lineup After Fouling Ball off Leg

The third baseman not expected to hit IL

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 14: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after he is hit in the hands by a pitch from Chris Paddack #59 of the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Justin Turner is out here finding new ways to get hit by pitches. During Friday’s win over the Reds, Turner fouled a ball off of his left shin, but he remained in the game.

However, after an inning, he was pulled for a pinch hitter and went for x-rays.

Thankfully Bill Plunkett hit us with positive news. The x-ray results were negative.

After the game, Turner spoke about the incident.

It swelled up huge. I mean, it looked like a baseball was coming out of my shin

Moreover, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Turner would not be in the lineup on Saturday, and possibly even longer. However, Doc did say that JT would be available to pinch hit in the right situation.

Most importantly, they believe that the third baseman should not require a trip to the IL.

With injury comes opportunity as Matt Beaty will be making his first career MLB start at 1B as Max Muncy slides to third base.

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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