The 2018 season has been an interrupted one for Justin Turner, who missed the start of the campaign because of a fractured left wrist suffered during Spring Training. The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled without their starting third baseman and eagerly anticipated his return.
Turner coming off the disabled list coincided with the team righting the ship beginning in mid-May. But Turner has yet been able to produce at his previous level, in some part because of lingering soreness in his wrist.
More recently, the 33-year-old has been sidelined by an adductor injury suffered during a pinch-hit appearance against the San Diego Padres on July 12. Turner didn’t appear in any of the final three games before the All-Star break.
Despite that, he and the Dodgers maintained the issue didn’t warrant a stint on the disabled list. Although Turner was expected back in the lineup for the start of the second half, he again sat.
Turner did appear as a pinch-hitter in Saturday’s loss, and now is poised to start in the series finale at Miller Park, according to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group:
#Dodgers Justin Turner: "Right now, the plan is to be in there tomorrow."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 22, 2018
Turner’s return will pair him on the left side of the infield with Manny Machado for the first time. In his place, the Dodgers have often relied on Max Muncy at third base. His errors on Saturday led to the Brewers rallying for a comeback win.
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