Turner went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Mets. The homer, a third-inning shot off Steven Matz, was Turner's third off a southpaw this season. He has been punishing left-handed pitching this season after struggling against lefties to the tune of a .209/.303/.337 line last year. Turner was said to be dealing with "heavy legs" Wednesday, but it's not an issue which is expected to require significant maintenance.
Turner (legs) is batting third and starting at third base Thursday against the Mets, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. After getting Wednesday off to rest his legs, Turner is good to go for Thursday's series finale. He'll look to keep up his stellar year at the dish when he returns to the lineup to face Steven Matz.
Manager Dave Roberts said Turner is not in the lineup Wednesday because his legs felt a little heavy, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Turner has appeared in 10-of-11 games since returning from a three-week stint on the DL with a hamstring injury, so the Dodgers are likely playing it safe with the hot-hitting third baseman. Consider him day-to-day for now; his status for Thursday's series finale will likely be determined closer to game time.
Turner is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Turner will retreat to the bench after ending his hitting 14-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 performance Tuesday. Logan Forsythe will slide over to third base in his place, opening up a spot for Chase Utley to start at the keystone. Turner has been on a tear in 10 games since coming off the disabled list, slashing .432/.523/.703 with three homers and nine RBI over that span.
Turner was a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs and two runs scored Monday night against the Mets. Much of his damage was done on a two-run homer off Mets starter Zack Wheeler in the second inning of the contest. Turner continues to be one of the top third basemen in all of baseball, as this marks the second game in a row in which he's homered, while his batting average and OPS are now up to .399 and 1.027, respectively. His .434 BABIP is highly unsustainable, but Turner's spot in the heart of the Dodgers' batting order will keep him relevant in all formats even when he comes back to earth a bit.
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