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.
Yimi Garcia has allowed nine hits and three runs in 8 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
DENVER — Yimi Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after the pitcher was forced to leave the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss Friday with a sore right biceps muscle. Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen, an unconventional move if only because Lee has pitched four times out of the bullpen in 129 professional games.
DENVER — Trevor Story hit a ball off the right-field fence at Coors Field on Friday and decided to try for a triple.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig did this:
Howie Kendrick hadn’t played left field in a game since 2013 before this month. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
DENVER — The left field foul pole at Coors Field sits 347 feet down the line. Only Wrigley Field’s is farther from home plate among National League parks.
The outfield wall then just out at a steep angle to a power alley that sits 390 feet from home. It’s much bigger than right field here and bigger than almost any other left field in baseball. Here’s a nifty page for making park-to-park comparisons. Take a few minutes to check it out. I’ll wait right here.
The man responsible for patrolling left field today is Howie Kendrick, a second baseman by trade. Manager Dave Roberts has professed confidence in Kendrick every step of the way since Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke went on the disabled list, and Friday was no different.
“There’s no panic,” Roberts said. “He’s going out there and preparing. He’s played left field before in the big leagues. I trust the player. I expect him to make plays and be good out there.”
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense in an 8-4 win over the Rockies today at Salt River Fields.
First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).
Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say after the game: