The Los Angeles Dodgers had a day off on Monday, but the starting lineup was without third baseman Justin Turner on Tuesday.
Turner started Sunday’s game and was removed for a pinch-runner in the ninth inning as the Dodgers were trying to score the go-ahead run against the New York Mets. While Turner is no stranger to days off, this one was not expected coming off an actual day off.
In his pregame media session, manager Don Mattingly explained why the third baseman wasn’t in the lineup. “Justin [Turner] had like a pimple on his leg in New York,” Mattingly said.
“They gave him antibiotics there. He came in today and it was a lot worse. They sent him to the emergency room. We should know more by the end of the night.”
Mattingly had little details, but did say that the pimple might be infected. The Dodgers manager said that the training staff believed it was nothing more than a pimp or ingrown hair; however, it got worse and Turner was forced to get it checked out.
Alberto Callaspo gets the start at third base for the 30-year-old, but the focus is on Turner and his health. The Dodgers can ill-afford to have the Cal State Fullerton alum miss any time, especially since he’s been one of the best hitters since the All-Star break. Turner is hitting .424 since the break and has solidified the third spot in the Dodgers order.
Check back later for an update on Turner’s status.