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Dodgers Pregame Notes: Justin Turner Available Only If Needed



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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday night, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was removed from the game in the fourth inning after fouling a pitch off his knee in the bottom of the third.

Turner was available if needed on Tuesday night, but manager Don Mattingly said after the game that he didn’t want to use the third baseman. The Dodgers won, 3-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Wednesday, Turner was once again out of the starting lineup and Alberto Callaspo was starting for the second straight night at third base.

Before the game, Mattingly said that Turner is “better”, but that he would prefer not to use him because of Thursday’s day off working as more time to get better. The Dodgers start a three-game series in San Diego on Friday and it would be better for Turner to rest and try and be ready for that.

NOTES:

– Brandon League is scheduled to toss another inning for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Wednesday night. It will be his second appearance for the Quakes. He tossed an inning on Sunday, allowing one hit and an unearned run.

– Scott Van Slyke won’t be limited to a DH role once he begins his minor-league rehab assignment. Mattingly said the first baseman/outfielder’s back issue was never major, but it bothered him enough to where he couldn’t be himself.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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