ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ designated hitter today, the finale of a two-game mini-series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Dave Roberts has a couple more possible DHs lined up for the Dodgers’ three-game series in Toronto this weekend.
“The DH, also some off-days, and also the depth — we’ve used a lot of players, given them at-bats and spread them out — the bodies feel good,” Roberts said. “The DH is really nice. Kiké yesterday. JT as a DH today. (Adrian Gonzalez) will DH most likely the last day. Most likely Howie (Kendrick) will DH in Toronto.”
Here are the lineups for both teams for the 4:10 p.m. (PT) game:
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.
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.
Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers’ lineup Thursday, one day after he was hit by two pitches in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Justin Turner will start at third base tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters this morning Justin Turner will start tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers at third base and likely play four or five innings. Turner is rehabbing from off-season knee surgery and has not played a Major League game this spring.
In recent days, Turner has been taking at-bats against minor league pitchers, running the bases and taking ground balls at third alongside his teammates.