The Dodgers enter play on Friday with a 69-46 record, 5 games back of the Giants for first place in the NL West. And, of course they’re still without some key offensive pieces at a time when they need them most. Outfielder Mookie Betts was sent back to Los Angeles earlier this week to get his ailing hip looked at by a specialist, and third baseman Justin Turner remains in a holding pattern while dealing with a groin issue.
On the Turner front, it looks like he is one step closer to being active. On Friday, Dave Roberts spoke with the media and spoke to his hope that JT will be in the lineup this weekend.
Well, the hope is this weekend…we’ll certainly have a better idea tomorrow…
After a few days of being out and getting treatment, Justin Turner also spoke with the media and explained his next steps alongside how he feels.
I think I’m in a good spot. I don’t think the injured list is going to happen unless something gets significantly worse in the next day or two.
Even though this is a sign that things are moving in the right direction, fans are curious if he will actually be in the lineup this weekend. When asked about the idea of him starting against his old team he added this.
I think there’s a chance of that, but obviously, I still have to go through the progressions and pass the tests and make sure everything checks out alright. Obviously itching to get back and help the team.
Turner may be ready to go out there and play, but he still needs to take every precaution he can, so things do not get worse. Turner also spoke about how he will always want to perform well when facing off against his old team and show them that they made the wrong choice.
Back in 2018 Justin Turner said he felt like he was "kicked out" by the Mets and that their decision to non-tender him put a "chip on his shoulder." JT also said that he wants to continue to perform well to "let them know they made a mistake."
Dodgers legend, Justin Turner. pic.twitter.com/zgPrjUiRec
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There is still no confirmation yet on what is next for the Dodgers’ infielder, but there is hope that things aren’t too serious. Nonetheless, Turner could make his comeback this weekend and remind the Mets what they lost.