Turner may see more down time in 2021, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Turner turned 36 in November and has missed time with injuries in each of the last four seasons, so it makes sense for Los Angeles to allot him a considerable number of off days in order to ensure his health for the team's annual postseason run. Manager Dave Roberts mentioned the desire to get Edwin Rios more opportunities at third base, and the apparent lack of a DH in the NL in 2021 means Turner won't be in the lineup most days when Rios plays, especially since Roberts also ruled out the possibility of Turner seeing time at first base.
Turner announced via his personal Twitter account Saturday he is re-signing with the Dodgers.
The 36-year-old has spent the past seven seasons in Los Angeles, and it's not a major surprise to see him returning to the team after winning the World Series in October. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Turner will receive $34 million over two years, and the deal also includes a $14 million club option for a third year. He had a .307/.400/.460 slash line with four homers, nine doubles and 23 RBI in 42 games last season, and he should continue to operate as the Dodgers' starting third baseman in 2021.
Turner was removed from Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays on Tuesday due to a positive test for COVID-19, per the FOX telecast.
The news comes as the Dodgers celebrate their first World Series title since 1988, putting the finishing touches on a roller-coaster 2020 season. Turner started at third base and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being replaced in the field for the start of the eighth inning for what was a previously-unknown reason. The win by Los Angeles helps MLB avoid some serious logistical problems regarding a potential Game 7.
Turner went 2-for-5 with one home run, one double, one RBI and two runs scored in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday against the Rays.
Turner provided the Dodgers with a lead they never relinquished, smacking a solo home run in the opening inning. He also played a key role in the team's rally in the third frame, doubling and also coming around to score. Turner hasn't hit particularly well throughout the playoffs, though he has an extra-base hit in each of the first three games in the World Series.
Turner went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs during Friday's win over the Angels.
Turner launched a solo blast against Andrew Heaney in the third inning, bringing the Dodgers within one run. The 25-year-old third baseman then tacked on his second homer of the night against Heaney in the fifth inning. Turner now has four home runs on the season to go with a sturdy slash line of .310/.402/.469.
Turner (hamstring) is starting Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Turner has been limited by a left hamstring injury recently, and he was scratched from Tuesday's lineup as a result. However, he'll return to the starting lineup Wednesday, batting third and playing third base.
Turner (hamstring) hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday against Oakland, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Manager Dave Roberts said the team will see how Turner's hamstring responds Wednesday before making a decision on the lineup. He missed 14 games with a strained left hamstring and was then scratched Tuesday with a cramp in the same hamstring. While making Turner the full-time designated hitter could be one route to go during this final week, Roberts said the goal is for him to be able to play the field, at least on a part-time basis.
Turner was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the A's with left hamstring discomfort, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Turner returned last week from the left hamstring strain and appears to have aggravated the injury. The 35-year-old served as the designated hitter in all of his five starts since being activated and was scheduled to play third base Tuesday before the late scratch. The veteran infielder should be considered day-to-day until the team specifies the severity of the aggravation.
Turner was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the A's, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
The 35-year-old was scheduled to play the field at third base for the first time since coming off the injured list last week, but he's been removed from the lineup a couple hours before first pitch. The team has yet to provide an official reason, but the obvious worry is that Turner aggravated the hamstring strain he just returned from. Edwin Rios takes over at the hot corner Tuesday for the Dodgers.
Turner will likely play third base Tuesday for the first time since returning from the injured list, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Turner will start at third base in Tuesday's game against Oakland. The veteran has served as the designated hitter during each of his five starts since returning from the injured list Sept. 15, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three walks over that span.
Turner is not in the lineup Friday against the Rockies, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Turner started three straight games as the designated hitter after returning from the injured list Tuesday. A.J. Pollock (hamstring) fills that role Friday, with Edwin Rios starting at third base.
Turner (hamstring) went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Padres.
Turner's first game back from an injured-list stint was a big success. He plated Mookie Betts with an RBI single in the first inning. Turner got on base with another single in the third and came around to score on a Cody Bellinger single. The 35-year-old Turner served as the designated hitter Tuesday, but he should take some playing time from Edwin Rios at third base going forward. Turner has two homers, 21 RBI, 18 runs scored and a stolen base in 33 games this season.
Turner (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list as expected Tuesday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
The third baseman had been out since late August with a strained hamstring. His .794 OPS in 32 games prior to the injury would be his lowest mark since 2013, though it's still a respectable number. He should fill a near-everyday role upon his return, though the Dodgers can afford to be cautious with the oft-injured veteran with their playoff spot already nearly secured. Josh Sborz was optioned in a corresponding move.
Turner (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game in San Diego, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
It was reported earlier in the day that Turner may be ready for a Tuesday return, and manager Dave Roberts confirmed this report following Monday's contest. Turner has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the last two weeks.
Turner (hamstring) could be reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Turner has been on the injured list for two weeks to allow him time to fully recover from a left hamstring strain. However, manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Turner could potentially return to action Tuesday as the designated hitter. The 35-year-old had a .384 OBP with 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBI prior to his injury.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Thursday that the team is targeting early next week for Turner's (hamstring) activation from the injured list, Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA reports.
Thanks to a healthy division lead and a firm grasp on a playoff spot, the Dodgers have had the luxury of allowing Turner to take his time healing a strained left hamstring. The third baseman has been on the injured list since Sept. 1, and though initial reports suggested he was slated for a minimum stay, he has only recently started running at about half effort. Turner could work his way back into form by serving as designated hitter with the expectation that he'll be back at the hot corner by the start of the postseason.
Turner (hamstring) has only tried running at 50-60 percent so far, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Turner is eligible to return from the injured list, but he requires more time as he continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain. Manager Dave Roberts was optimistic that he could return within a week, although it's likely that he'll be limited to serving as the designated hitter to begin his time back on the active roster.
Turner (hamstring) took swings during a simulated game Sunday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Turner stood in against reliever Pedro Baez during the latter's sim game as both players progress toward a return to the active roster. Though facing live pitching is a tangible step in a positive direction for Turner, he has yet to clear his biggest hurdle -- running -- in his recovery from a left hamstring strain. The timeline for his return remains uncertain.
Turner has been taking part in baseball activities but has yet to begin running, casting uncertainty on when he will be activated, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Recent reports had Turner on track for a minimum IL stay and Tuesday return, but that scenario now appears unlikely given the fact that the veteran has yet to test his strained left hamstring in running drills. Manager Dave Roberts echoed that sentiment Saturday, stating that he doesn't know when Turner will be activated despite the third baseman's steady progress. "Yesterday was a pretty good day," said Roberts. "He took grounders on his knees, he threw to about 120 feet, took swings in the cage, did a little bit of moving around as far as running with the strength guys. When he's ready, it's a day-to-day thing. When we feel that Justin's ready to be activated, he'll be activated. I just don't know when that's going to be." There is little reason for the Dodgers to rush one of their core players back since they sit comfortably in playoff position with MLB's best record (30-11).
Turner (hamstring) is expected to come off the injured list before Tuesday's game against Arizona, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Turner was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Aug. 29) on Sept. 1. The Dodgers have an off day Monday, so a Tuesday return would mark a minimum IL stay for the third baseman. While Turner's return is imminent, the team is likely to take a cautious approach to his playing time down the stretch given his recent history of hamstring injuries. "We certainly have some off-days looking out later to September, so there's the balance of not red-lighting him, but also you got to ramp him up to get ready for the postseason so he's sharp," manager Dave Roberts said. "We'll thread the needle with that."
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