DENVER — Justin Turner was held out of the Dodgers’ lineup for a second straight day Sunday with a sore left toe. Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters stepped on the toe in Friday’s game, and Turner has been moving gingerly ever since.
Here’s the update from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts:
Howie Kendrick is starting at third base today against the Rockies.
Zach Lee is back with the Dodgers for a change — as a reliever no less — and he reflected on his runner-up finish to Ross Stripling for the fifth starter’s job.
DENVER — The story of this catch really begins on Friday night.
Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters stepped on Justin Turner‘s left foot last night, spiking the Dodgers’ third baseman near his big toe. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts held Turner out of his starting lineup Saturday as a precaution.
That meant that Howie Kendrick shifted from left field to third base, and Kiké Hernandez got the start in left field. Hernandez has significantly more range than Kendrick, which came in handy with Kenta Maeda twirling a no-hitter in the sixth inning.
Coincidentally, it was Wolters who sent this screaming fly ball over Hernandez’s shoulder. Here, then, is an act of karma:
Maeda lost the no-hitter when D.J. LeMahieu singled with one out in the sixth inning.
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.