Over the last week, Justin Turner has been hit by a pitch in the left hamstring and is now dealing with what manager Dave Roberts called a low-grade strain of the same hamstring.
Turner, who exited Friday’s game in the seventh inning after stealing second base, is not in the lineup today against the Texas Rangers, and with the Dodgers getting an off day on Monday, the third baseman might not see action until Tuesday at Dodger Stadium against Arizona.
The optimism, though, for the 35-year-old third baseman who has been hit by a pitch three times in his last five games, is he is comparatively healthier going into this September.
“This injury withstanding, I think he’s considerably more fresh,” Roberts said. “He does a great job taking care of himself. I think that we’ve done a great job as far as getting him off days, giving him DH days. I think we’ve done a good job.”
Turner ranks fourth on the Dodgers with 235 2/3 innings played on the field — that’s 77.3% of the total innings the Dodgers have played on the field in 2020. He has five starts at designated hitter. He is fourth on the team in plate appearances (138).
Turner, who is batting .282/.384/.410/.794, has reached base in 21 consecutive games — the fourth-longest streak in baseball this season.
With Turner down for a few days, the Dodgers recalled Gavin Lux, who was on the team’s taxi squad, and optioned Mitch White — one day after the right-hander made his Major League debut and pitched a scoreless inning.
Lux immediately jumps into the starting lineup at second base, and Roberts expects him to play when a right-handed starter is on the mound.
Lux was the Dodgers’ 29th man for Game 2 of their doubleheader in San Francisco on Thursday. He started and went 0-for-3 in the game.
Pitching MatchupThe Dodgers get a tough draw in right-hander Lance Lynn on the mound for the Rangers today.
Lynn has a 1.59 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .156/.229/.281/.510 slash line this season in seven starts.
Ross Stripling is making his seventh start of the season. Despite lasting four innings and allowing a pair of solo home runs in his last start on Sunday against Colorado, both Stripling and Roberts were encouraged after the game.
The Dodger right-hander has acknowledged his recent troubled with the fastball and in his last start, he threw a season-low 32.8% four-seamers. Opponents are hitting .347 with an .898 slugging percentage against the pitch. Right-handers are batting .435/1.087 against the pitch.
Edwin Ríos UpdateRíos, who has been on the injured list with a left hamstring strain since Aug. 17, is a possibility to return on Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said. Ríos has a 1.012 OPS with three home runs in 32 plate appearances this year. He has five starts at first base and three at third base this season.
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