As we settle into the long, cold offseason, it gives players much needed time to rest, recharge, and importantly, recover from any injuries suffered last season. And Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner is fully taking advantage of the opportunity.
Turner’s postseason ended early after he suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain in the NLCS against the Braves. It was there that LA’s hopes for a World Series repeat became even bleaker. Now about a month later, JT was back and on his feet while helping the Dodgers foundation last week. It was then that am570’s Dave Vassegh got an injury update from the veteran Dodger.
Definitely feeling better. I’ve been up (at Dodger Stadium) working out with the trainers and strength guys for three-four weeks now and I feel like I’m in a pretty good place.
JT turned 37 earlier this week and undoubtedly that comes with more health concerns heading into 2022. Last year he played in a career-high 151 games (tied with 2016) and it showed. In late August, he admitted that he was feeling the wear and tear of the full 162 game season after coming off the pandemic shortened 60 game season in 2020. After posting an All-Star first half, Turner struggled over the final 67 games of the season. His .241 average in the second half was 60 points lower than his first half average (.305) and his run production declined as well.
The unofficial captain of the team certainly deserves credit for making himself available to Dave Roberts daily, but if it costs him by the time the postseason rolls around — he hit just .118 in 10 games — it might not have been as worth it in the long run.
2022 will be Turner’s ninth season with the Dodgers.