Before he threw a scoreless inning Wednesday, Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez turned to one of his minor league mentors for advice: Juan Castro, the team’s quality assurance coach.
Justin Turner was held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup for a second consecutive game because of a swollen right hand. Turner suffered the injury when he was jammed by a fastball in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“There’s a much better chance of getting him back in the lineup Tuesday instead of trying to play him today and re-aggravate it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts said that Turner’s injury is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. Turner, the Dodgers’ primary number-3 hitter and third baseman, is hitting .274 with a .341 on-base percentage. He’s hit 21 home runs in 110 games, establishing a new career high.
The San Francisco Giants didn’t play Thursday, so the Dodgers moved within four games of first place in the National League West for the first time since June 11.
Julio Urías’ fate, in the short term at least, is up in the air.
Dave Roberts was comfortable with the circumstances surrounding Thursday’s infighting, but said he doesn’t have a problem with the team’s intensity.
Yasmani Grandal suggested in his comments following the Dodgers’ 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday that the team needed to “play with fire.” It wasn’t so much that the fire isn’t there, the catcher said, but rather that the Dodgers “at times we feel like we know that we’re better than the other team, and we can lay back and relax.”
Grandal gave that interview after Dave Roberts‘ postgame media scrum, so Friday was the first time the Dodgers’ manager heard those words. His response was pointed and blunt.
Here’s what each man had to say on the topic of the Dodgers playing too relaxed:
Teammates had to separate Grandal and Justin Turner in the dugoutas they argued between the top and bottom of the seventh inning last night. Grandal made a baserunning error in the sixth inning that nearly cost the Dodgers a run.