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.
Juan Uribe has started three of the Dodgers’ last 13 games at third base. Alex Guerrero is starting at third today, so it will soon become three of the last 14 for Uribe.
Uribe had a 13-game hitting streak from April 15 to May 4 that raised his slash line to .279/.318/.361 for the season. Since then Guerrero and Justin Turner have taken the majority of starts while Uribe has just two hits, both singles, in 19 at-bats. He’s gone from starting third baseman to “part of the mix” to, as manager Don Mattingly said Sunday, “eh, part of our club”:
Jimmy Rollins has struggled to get on base since he joined the Dodgers; his .257 on-base percentage is far lower than it’s been in any of his 15 major league seasons. So after a 2-for-6 night against the Marlins, Rollins was rewarded Wednesday with … a day off?
Manager Don Mattingly explained:
Kiké Hernandez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Marlins starter Jarred Cosart. Justin Turner is playing third base and batting second.