Justin Turner tags out out the Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story on a failed triple attempt in the fifth inning Friday. Yasiel Puig got the assist on the play. (Getty Images)
DENVER — Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday, one day after he was spiked in the foot near his left big toe by Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters.
Turner was hopeful that he would be available off the bench later in the day. Howie Kendrick is replacing him at third base, with Kiké Hernandez filling in for Kendrick in left.
Turner said Wolters spiked him accidentally — and literally punctured his cleat — while stepping to make a throw in the middle of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss.
Yimi Garcia has allowed nine hits and three runs in 8 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
DENVER — Yimi Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after the pitcher was forced to leave the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss Friday with a sore right biceps muscle. Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen, an unconventional move if only because Lee has pitched four times out of the bullpen in 129 professional games.
Yasiel Puig catches D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly just outside the foul chalk line in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Getty Images)
DENVER — What do you take from tonight?
That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.
The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.
Yasmani Grandal entered the weekend on a hot streak that somewhat ironically might be stalled at Coors Field.
DENVER — Trevor Story hit a ball off the right-field fence at Coors Field on Friday and decided to try for a triple.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig did this:
Dave Roberts called the Turner Field turf “shoddy” and “unacceptable” in a radio interview Friday after the Dodgers and Braves combined to make 10 errors in three games in Atlanta.
Funky hops and tricky bounces were the norm in the series, and Roberts commended his players for making the most of the situation. The Dodgers won two of three games in the series.
The manager was on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with hosts Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern and talked a bit more about the quality of the field at Turner Field in Atlanta.
“Yeah, I was extremely disappointed” in the field conditions, Roberts said. “And it’s no surprise that those (Braves) players are complaining about it because imagine playing 81 games there. This is Major League Baseball. There are going to be some important games played in that ballpark this year and to have a shoddy surface dictate outcomes is unfortunate. We had some errors there and the players, our guys, will own it. But I think that the playing surface, you know, no one wants extra work there because the field gets beat up and you see Corey Seager lose his footing. It’s almost, I mean, I think that we get spoiled up here but it’s the Major Leagues and it should be the best of the best. And it’s a little unacceptable to me.”