It was pretty much already assumed, but Dodger manager Dave Roberts confirmed it late on Wednesday night. Justin Turner injured his hamstring trying to stay out of a double play — it was a grade 2 strain. Moreover, the injury will spell the end of the 2021 season for the veteran third baseman.
“I think that’ll be it for him.”
Albert Pujols went back to the clubhouse with Justin Turner for moral support as he exited with a hamstring injury pic.twitter.com/nlqiQ2qEA7
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 21, 2021
Later today, the team is expected to replace Turner on the active roster. Roberts mentioned Billy McKinney, Zach McKinstry, and longshot Andy Burns as options. As for who would replace JT at 3B, Doc wasn’t prepared to make that decision in the moment, but did say that Cody Bellinger would be in centerfield and Albert Pujols would take over at first base against the left-hander Max Fried.
Presumably, Chris Taylor would move to third base for the rest of the postseason, however long that is.
Turner finishes his postseason with a .200 batting average and .533 OPS over 9 games, both career-lows.
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