Throughout the season, Dodgers manager has reiterated that he does not view Justin Turner as a player who can play six or seven times a week.
Turner is batting .288 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games and has been one of the Dodgers’ more consistent hitters.
Mattingly said he tries to use Turner as much as he can and said Turner’s knees prevent him from being that everyday guy, at least for now.
Two rehabbing Dodgers pitchers will take the next step in their progressions next week.
Reliever Brandon League and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy are both scheduled to go to the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona, while the rest of the team travels to St. Louis on Friday.
League has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a right shoulder impingement. Beachy is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and was signed in the offseason as a low-risk, high-potential pitcher. To this point in the season, League and Beachy had been traveling with the team on almost every road trip.
Beachy is scheduled to throw live batting practice for the third time Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
The most impressive performance at Dodger Stadium today — and I can’t always write this — came from the spectators, announced at 50,182. Despite the fact that the Dodgers haven’t scored more than two runs in a game all week, they stuck around to the bitter end of an 11-3 loss. Carlos Frias, who was shelled for eight runs in the first two innings alone, has done this before.
The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Yasmani Grandal’s injury and a hot bat weren’t the only reasons Austin Barnes was called up to the majors.