That’s in keeping with Don Mattingly habit of resting Turner for a day game after a night game, and taking advantage of Callaspo’s ability to switch hit against a right-handed starter, James Shields. (Turner and Alex Guerrero both hit right-handed.)
There was a time not so long ago, around the time Juan Uribe was traded to the Atlanta Braves, that Guerrero and Turner were mentioned in the same breath as the Dodgers’ third basemen. But Turner has started 13 of 19 games since the last time Guerrero got a start at third. Callaspo has started the other six.
Mattingly declared this arrangement official Sunday, naming Turner the team’s primary third baseman: