Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner are not in the Dodgers’ lineup Monday, the first of four games this week against the Angels. It’s a routine day off for both players, manager Dave Roberts said, who will expect to see plenty of plate appearances the rest of this week.
For Puig, it’s a day to rest his body and his mind:
Howie Kendrick is starting at third base for the first time since April 28, as Justin Turner gets a night off against New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard.
Turner is 2 for 6 with a pair of doubles and a walk against Syndergaard in his career, while Kendrick is 1 for 7 with four strikeouts. So why the switch? Manager Dave Roberts explained:
Here are the full lineups for both teams:
Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson waits to tag out Curtis Granderson at second base during the New York Mets’ 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday night. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
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A mechanical adjustment has paid off for Justin Turner.
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.