Justin Turner was relegated to sitting in the dugout for the final two games of the Dodgers 2021 season. Turner did not appear in Game 5 nor Game 6 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves after tweaking his hamstring in Game 4.
On Monday, Turner discussed the status of his hamstring in an Instagram Live session.
“As soon as our season unfortunately ended a little early, I went right into rehabilitation for that. I was doing all my stuff at Dodgers Stadium with our training staff right up to, our course, December first when we got locked out. I’m feeling 100%. Running, do all of my stuff anyways so it wasn’t too tough of a transition to go out on my own and continue to build on my offseason program.”
As Turner also noted during the live stream, it was a disappointing finish to his season. Especially since the right-handed slugger had his healthiest regular season of his career. Turner led all Dodgers players in games played (151), tying 2016 for his career high.
The salt in the wound was the Dodgers didn’t just lose their starting third baseman. They also lost one their clutch October performers. Throughout his career, Turner has delivered in the playoffs for LA. From game-winning home runs to miraculous defensive plays, Turner has consistently delivered in big spots.
Based on Turner’s comments, it sounds like the MLB lockout hasn’t affected his ability to recover from his hamstring injury. Until a new CBA is signed, MLB players are unable to have any contact with their respective organizations. Including, but not limited to, the training staff.
Turner, a two-time All-Star, will once again be counted on to produce at the top of the Dodgers batting order.
88.2% of Turner’s plate appearances were from the second, third, or fourth spots in the order in 2021 so its great news that his hamstring is feeling 100%.
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