The Dodgers announced their 2016 promotional calendar today, and you can read the full list here.
Here are the 10 best stadium giveaways, in no particular order:
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his left knee to clean up loose bodies, the Dodgers announced, and catcher Yasmani Grandal will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint Tuesday.
Both procedures will be performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and both players are expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Grandal batted .234 with a .353 on-base percentage this season. He collected only five hits — including the playoffs — after his left shoulder was injured on a foul tip during an early August road trip.
Turner slashed .294/.370/.491 in his first season as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman. He played through a foul ball off his left knee late in the season, avoiding the disabled list entirely this year save for a skin infection. He did not take batting practice before games 3 or 4 of the National League Division Series.
Turner was removed for a late-inning defensive replacement in Games 3 and 4 despite more than capable play at the plate and in the field.
“We felt comfortable with the lead” when Turner was removed in the eighth inning of Game 4, Mattingly said. “J.T.’s probably not getting another at-bat, and that’s kind of the decision process there.”
“J.T. never comes to me and says ‘I have to come out,’ it’s always a conversation of medical checking on him throughout the game,” Mattingly said. “We’re really confident with Jimmy and Seager, and Seager being able to go from short to third. So defensively, we don’t feel like we’re hurt. We’re really comfortable being able to do that.”
Chase Utley was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies in Sept. 2010 when he irked the Mets with a hard slide into Ruben Tejada — who broke his right fibula Saturday on another Utley slide into second.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was playing for the Mets that day five years ago. Saturday, he was asked for his thoughts on Utley as an opponent:
SAN FRANCISCO — Adrian Gonzalez‘s bad back, Howie Kendrick‘s strained hamstring, and Justin Turner‘s sore left knee will keep three of the Dodgers’ starting infielders out of the lineup Wednesday, one day after they clinched the National League West title.
Otherwise, the lineup has a fairly normal look. That should be the case for the final five games of the season, manager Don Mattingly said:
The Dodgers’ full lineup against Giants right-hander Mike Leake: