Dodgers News: Justin Turner Reinstated, Carlos Triunfel Optioned
The second half of the season is set to kick off and the Los Angeles Dodgers are slowly getting healthy.
Chone Figgins began a rehab assignment Thursday with the Albuquerque Isotopes and Carl Crawford returned from injury just before the All-Star break.
According to the Dodgers official Twitter account, the team made a move today that brought back another injured role player:
The #Dodgers today reinstated @redturn2 from the 15-day DL and optioned Carlos Triunfel to @AbqTopes.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2014
Turner has been out since June 28 with a hamstring strain and will return to the bench for the Dodgers with Juan Uribe at third base. This season, the 29-year-old is hitting .302 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 59 games. He filled in admirably for Uribe when he was down with injury, starting a majority of the games at third base. Turner will return to his spot off the bench filling in where necessary.
For Triunfel, he heads back to the minors after a brief stint with the club. In 11 games thus far, he has just two hits and failed to impress on defense, making some key mistakes at shortstop. He was claimed off waivers earlier this year and has spent most of the season in Triple-A.
The return of Turner nearly puts the Dodgers at full strength based on their Opening Day roster and gives Don Mattingly a solid glove and bat to use in key situations. Friday was a busy day for the team, as they also recalled Paco Rodriguez to the majors after optioning Pedro Baez during the All-Star break. Rodriguez gives the Dodgers another lefty out of the bullpen late in the game.
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