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.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t like it when Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton caught a sinking line drive off the bat of Howie Kendrick in the fourth inning Wednesday, a call that stood up after a challenge.
Mattingly tossed his cap and offered some choice words for third base umpire Bob Davidson, who promptly ejected Mattingly for arguing the ruling. It was the second time Mattingly has been ejected this month — he was ejected a week ago Monday in Milwaukee for arguing a balk call — and the 17th ejection of his career.
Here’s the rant, in full:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers did not go through their usual routine today in camp. It was too wet for that, with intermittent rain sending players and coaches indoors for most of the day.
So what did they do? Don Mattingly explained: