The Dodgers just got done playing a series without the help of Mookie Betts and Justin Turner. And despite not having those 2 All-Stars in the lineup, Los Angeles took 2 of 3 from a very good Phillies team.
They’re going to have to do it again with JT and Mookie on Friday night in Queens. Betts is not on the injured list with that hip issue, and Justin is still nursing a strained groin that he sustained on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Dave Roberts had previously said that they expected Turner back for the Mets series. He said multiple times that he would not be available in the Dodgers series against the Phillies, but that they were planning on having him in there this weekend.
Obviously, something changed along the way. Perhaps JT did not progress from that groin strain as quickly as they would have liked, so they’re giving him another day down. But if he;’s not in the Dodgers lineup, there is a good chance he does not play at all on Friday.
Turner had a good spot to hit in Thursday afternoon’s game against the Phillies in the 9th inning, but Doc said he was unavailable after the game. The Dodgers will likely continue to go with Chris Taylor at the hot corner while he is out, but they need to make an IL decision on JT sooner rather than later.