LOS ANGELES – Not all of the Dodgers’ disabled list moves come with a dollop of convenience.
Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday after suffering a right hamstring injury during Thursday’s game. Turner said his hamstring “just kind of grabbed me” as he was rounding third base in the seventh inning of the 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He left the game immediately and underwent an MRI on Friday morning, which revealed a Grade 1 strain – the mildest level of strain and a result that Turner took as “good news.”
“It’s a Grade 1 strain which is something I’ve had before and come back from fairly quickly,” said Turner, pointing to a June 2014 hamstring injury.
“It actually felt worse this morning than I expected, so the MRI results coming back the way they did was a very positive thing.”
Turner was able to return from that 2014 injury after 15 days, the minimum DL stay at the time. He is optimistic he will be ready to return after the shorter DL minimum now.
“It’s going to be pretty boring — a lot of lying around in the training room and letting this thing heal up,” Turner said of the next few days.
The challenge of moving on without Turner will be more difficult for the Dodgers. Though his power hasn’t shown up yet this year (only one home run in 140 at-bats), Turner goes to the DL with a major-league leading .379 batting average, 13 doubles (tied for second in the National League) and a .946 OPS that leads Dodgers regulars (Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have topped that).
“It’s a big blow. I think we’ve dealt with those in the past and we’ll continue to move forward,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But the leadership as a position player, the defense he plays, consistent and elite defense, and obviously in the batter’s box what he does consistently putting at-bats together, the baserunning – all the components that help you win baseball games, that’s what JT does for our club….