Ahead of Thursday’s series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers activated Justin Turner and placed Chase Utley on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation. Turner had been sidelined by a right groin issue since July 23 and returns without completing a rehab assignment.
An adductor injury prevented him from starting in any of the Dodgers’ final three games before the All-Star break. He was not in the lineup to start the second half, but appeared as a pinch-hitter in the Dodgers’ second game, and started July 22.
However, Turner was removed in the third inning because of aggravating the injury he’d been battling. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts conceded in his postgame interview that the club no longer was able to avoid putting Turner on the disabled list.
The 33-year-old has endured some frustration throughout the 2018 campaign, which was delayed on a personal level because of a fractured wrist suffered during Spring Training. Turner has dealt with residual soreness in the wrist and admitted to this season coming with frustration because of his injury trouble.
It is unclear how serious Utley’s wrist injury is, although it likely isn’t serious enough to keep him out more than 10 days or a couple of weeks.
The 29-year-old is hitting .240/.321/.342 with a home run and 14 RBI in 69 games this season.
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