This week, the Dodgers will seemingly be without the services of Justin Turner who is out of the lineup, but not yet placed on the injured list. It looks like the left groin injury he suffered on Sunday will keep him out until later on in the week.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke with the media on Tuesday and provided the update on his All-Star third baseman.
I mean, I just don’t see him coming back any sooner than Friday in New York. As far as how long we give him, that’s kind of contingent on how he feels each day, but right now, having an off day yesterday and treating it for the next couple of days, we’ll just see kind of where we’re at.
Doc did also mention how Turner’s injury is feeling better today, which is a sign things are moving in the right direction. Either way, Turner will be out for the Phillies series, but the goal is to keep him off the injured list.
Dave Roberts said that Justin Turner's groin injury is feeling better today.
They don't seem him coming back any sooner than Friday in New York though…
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 10, 2021
You never want to lose a bat like Justin Turner, but with the addition of Trea Turner in the lineup, and Chris Taylor’s ability to slide in at third base, the Dodgers should seemingly be able to weather this stretch without JT. However, the status of Mookie Betts and his ailing right hip definitely muddy up the situation for LA.
Nonetheless, the Dodgers will always be stronger with Justin Turner, who has a .289 batting average alongside 20 home runs this season. As long as he continues to feel better each day, the Dodgers should be able to have him back on the field.