CINCINNATI -- Don't panic, Dodgers fans, because Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup Tuesday. The surging third baseman is fine -- he just got a day off, and will play the rest of the way.Turner did enter as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two outs in
CINCINNATI -- Don't panic, Dodgers fans, because Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup Tuesday. The surging third baseman is fine -- he just got a day off, and will play the rest of the way.
Turner did enter as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning of an against Reds reliever David Hernandez, but he grounded out to end the inning in an eventual 3-1 loss.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that although Turner had quite the workout over the weekend in Colorado, he should be healthy enough to start the remainder of the games down the stretch after not starting Tuesday night's contest at Great American Ball Park, with a day game on Wednesday.
"We've leaned on him quite a bit over the last couple of weeks and, knowing what we've got going forward, I think that it was smart today," said Roberts. "It's very difficult to not play him, because you know we're always better with him in the lineup. But over the last few years, [the way] we've been able to keep him healthy is we've managed his workload.
"The aftereffects of Colorado -- and we have a lot left to play -- to give him a day here and run him out the rest of the season makes it more feasible. "
In the three Coors Field games against the Rockies, Turner played every inning. He went 5-for-13 with a home run, two doubles and two walks, scoring twice. He and Manny Machado were the only Dodgers to play every inning.
"He's showing signs of fatigue," said Roberts. "He's not going to admit it. But there's a high workload. There's a lot going on with J.T. He manages himself and takes care of himself really well. But I still feel very good about our lineup."
With Turner out, Machado slid over to third base and Chris Taylor started at shortstop. Roberts further juggled the lineup by replacing James Dozier at second base with Player Page for Max Muncy and started rookie Alex Verdugo in center field.
Six of the eight position players that started Sunday's game were not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Dodgers do charity work in D.R.
The Dodgers have extended their community relations efforts to Campo Las Palmas, the club's home in San Antonio Guerra, Dominican Republic, through the club's "Dodgers Love D.R." program.
The program encompasses all of the club's community efforts in the Dominican, which currently include extending the club's LA Reads literacy initiative to the Dominican Republic through a partnership with the DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring). With the DREAM Project, the Dodgers recently hosted the second annual Campo Las Palmas Summer Camp, held their first of three book fairs of the year through the Dodgers' My Very Own Library Program and will continue to welcome participants in their Dodgers Young Stars Program for year-round extracurricular educational programming.
"We're proud to expand our literacy initiatives to the Dominican Republic and partner with the DREAM Project to host year-round educational programing at Campo Las Palmas," said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president & CEO. "Community involvement is a core principle of the Dodgers organization, and we cherish the opportunity to positively impact our local communities in Los Angeles, Glendale, San Antonio Guerra and throughout the country in partnership with our Minor League affiliates."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.