For the most part, Sunday was a very good day for the Dodgers. The offense came through and they were able to take a series win against a team they should beat almost every time they play. Unfortunately, they don’t get to leave Los Angeles with total health.
Justin Turner was removed from the game in the 2nd inning of the Dodgers win. He was spotted in the dugout talking with Dave Roberts and appeared to be lobbying to stay in the ballgame. Doc and the staff obviously decided that was not going to happen.
Turner was replaced by Albert Pujols in the lineup and Max Muncy slid over to third base. But from what it sounds like, the Dodgers are expecting to be without Turner for a few days. Even with the off-day on Monday, Doc expects him to remain out.
I think right now, it’s day-to-day. That play going towards the line, it was that left groin that sort of checked him up. Got him out of the game, treated him up, and we have the off-day tomorrow. So I think I don’t want to put a timetable on it, but he’ll be down a few days and then we’ll reevaluate.
The play in question happened on a ball that JT was ranging to his left for. It was a great play, but he came up limping near the Dodgers dugout when the camera cut back to him. Apparently that was the groin issue.
What a play by @redturn2!
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If the Dodgers have to be without Turner for the Phillies series, they have a number of options over at the hot corner. Chris Taylor could come in from the outfield and give AJ Pollock more at-bats. That would also allow Trea Turner to remain over at second base with Seager at short.