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Dodgers: Justin Turner MRI Reveals Mild Ankle Sprain

Dodgers star third baseman Justin Turner underwent an MRI on Thursday morning and it revealed a mild ankle sprain, according to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group.

The news quite frankly could not have been any better for Turner. He is a veteran at 34 years old so it is always a good thing to exercise caution with him as the Dodgers did.

Turner is an enormous part of the Dodgers offensive attack, posting a stellar .291/.370/.514 slash line across 131 games. The 131 game mark represents the most games played by Turner in a season since 2016 when he played in 151 contests and also the second-most games played for him. At 34, he is not slowing down much.

Turner had been held out of the lineup for four consecutive games prior to this announcement and it was starting to have an ominous aura about the situation. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that we have confirmation that it is just a mild ankle sprain that he is dealing with and nothing more.

The 34-year-old third baseman figures to be back in the Dodgers lineup soon, but as previously mentioned, it would thoroughly behoove the Dodgers to continue to exercise caution with him.

According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Turner has not been ruled out of the weekend series with the New York Mets:

All in all, this is better news than most were expecting considering the lack of news regarding Turner this week.

Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

One Comment

  1. Dave Roberts should just shut down Justin Turner for the rest of the regular season, get him fully healthy for the playoffs. The team needs him in this year’s playoffs more than ever. He’s the only hitter on the team that can work the pitching count – which is vital against teams like the Braves pitchers, when the Dodgers had already shown they couldn’t hit againt Soroka and Fried. Most people forget during the 2017 playoffs, Justin Turner was playing the best baseball of his career, but he got hurt in the World Series was never the same. He’s already 34 there is no need to push his health to squeeze out a couple more wins in the regular season.

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