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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Returns to the Starting Lineup Sunday

He’s back!



The Dodgers are getting a big bat back in the lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Mets. Looking to take the series sweep and keep pace with the Giants in the NL West, Los Angeles gets Justin Turner back. 

Turner slotted right back into third base after taking a full week off from playing. He suffered a groin strain last Sunday against the Angels and the team has kept him out of the lineup ever since. But he’s back in there today!

Getting Turner into the mix also allows Chris Taylor to slide into the outfield again. The Dodgers had gone with CT3 over at the hot corner in JT’s absence. With Corey Seager and Trea Turner cemented up the middle, Taylor can move all over the diamond. 

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Turner was having a bit of a rough month with the bat before the Dodgers took him out of the lineup. Through 23 at-bats in August, he had collected just 4 hits and struck out 6 times. But over the course of the full season, he’s been just as good as ever. 

The Dodgers will have Max Scherzer taking on Carlos Carrasco in the final game of the series. Scherzer last threw on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He tossed 3.1 innings before a rain delay took him out of the game after 58 pitches. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Just to follow up on yesterday’s article & comments about Dave Roberts and his managerial skills.

    When will Roberts stop starting Billy McKinney? Notwithstanding that AJP is one of the hottest hitters after the All Star Game, he is on the bench….. Maybe a ‘spa day’?

    I seem to remember when Corey Seager was the perfect #2 hitter, behind Betts. Muncy in the 4 hole…. Who messes with success? Roberts does….

    Just a frustrated LA Dodger fan…….

    • Doug, I hear ya and it’s no wonder most of us are frustrated with Robert’s one dumb decision after another. Pollock’s the team’s hottest bat since the ASG and he sits. Unbelievable. Roberts could just as easily have CT3 in zRF and Pollock in LF. Believe me. Taylor can handle RF just as well.

      • Long before Pollock became a Dodger, he was an everyday player for AZ, as you very well know….

        The Dodgers signed him based upon those stats…..

        There is no logical reason ‘Babe’ McKinney starts ahead of Pollock, let alone be on the major league roster of this team.

        As a local MLB writer wrote about Roberts, “Managerial Malpractice”. Seems to be a perfect overview from this writer.

        Now, about NO MLB player bunting when the shift is on…… seems to me as if things are really happening behind the scenes. Collusion? Maybe games are ‘pre-determined’? All for the ‘bets’ on the games…. sure smells that way……

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