Justin Turner returns from the disabled list; Carlos Triunfel optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Justin Turner

Justin Turner missed the last 14 games with a left hamstring strain. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)


ST. LOUIS>>The Dodgers reinstated infielder Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list (left hamstring strain) and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Turner strained his left hamstring on June 29 and missed 14 games. He’s batting .302 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBIs in 59 games in his first season as a Dodger, and has a .385 (15 for 39) average with runners in scoring position.

Turner appeared in two rehab games at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday and Monday and went a combined 1-for-5 with a run and two walks for the Quakes.

Triunfel has appeared in 11 games in four stints with the Dodgers, collecting two hits in 14 at-bats (.143). Turner isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals, but gives Don Mattingly a quality right-handed pinch hitting option off the bench in addition to the left-handed swinging Carl Crawford.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.