Virus, not hand, keeps Turner sidelined

September 23rd, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Following being hit by a pitch on his hand Thursday vs. the Phillies, Dodgers third baseman was out of the lineup Friday.

Manager Dave Roberts said though Turner's hand is still sore, his absence isn't because he's not able to play through the injury, but because of a virus he came down with Thursday night. Roberts said the All-Star third baseman could've played if not for the virus and he wouldn't be available for a pinch-hit situation Friday night vs. the Giants.

"I exchanged some text messages with him and last night [he] didn't sleep well," Roberts said Friday. "He had some viral thing. Expect him back in there tomorrow."

Turner stayed home to rest, and no one else in the Dodgers' clubhouse is dealing with the virus, Roberts said. As for , who fouled a pitch off his ankle Wednesday vs. the Phillies, Roberts said the All-Star shortstop is still sore but said he feels well enough to play.

The Dodgers on Friday also welcomed back righty , who has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a right finger blister, and placed right-hander Josh Ravin on the 60-day DL with an abdomen strain.

McCarthy last pitched in the Majors on July 20 vs. the Braves, giving up six runs in four innings. The right-hander began the season in the Dodgers' starting rotation but dealt with command issues. Like , Roberts said the club plans to use McCarthy in a relief role down the stretch.

Whether left-hander joins McCarthy and Maeda in the bullpen hasn't been decided yet. Ryu is slated to start Saturday and Roberts said he won't make an abbreviated start, like Maeda's three-inning outing vs. the Phillies on Thursday.

"He's thrown the baseball really well in the second half," Roberts said about Ryu. "That's one of those things that we'll see how it plays out. ... Right now he's going to make his start tomorrow and we'll reassess after that."