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Turner homers in first at-bat off disabled list

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LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner said it wasn't the three weeks on the disabled list that led to his homer in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Reds Friday night as much as the bat he used.

"That's a good way to come back if I had to draw it up," said Turner. "That's the most ideal way to do it. It took me 100 at-bats to get one home run, I missed three weeks and get one in my first at-bat, that's a little weird. I give the credit to [Cody] Bellinger. I used his bat. His bat has homers in it, I guess."

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LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner said it wasn't the three weeks on the disabled list that led to his homer in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Reds Friday night as much as the bat he used.

"That's a good way to come back if I had to draw it up," said Turner. "That's the most ideal way to do it. It took me 100 at-bats to get one home run, I missed three weeks and get one in my first at-bat, that's a little weird. I give the credit to [Cody] Bellinger. I used his bat. His bat has homers in it, I guess."

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Turner's two-run homer came one inning after he was activated from the disabled list.

The Dodgers on Friday also activated left-handed reliever Luis Avilan from the DL and sent outfielder Joc Pederson to begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Avilan had been on the DL since May 24 with a strained left triceps. Pederson has been on the DL since May 24 with a concussion and neck strain after colliding with teammate Yasiel Puig in the outfield.

Video: STL@LAD: Puig makes catch, collides with Pederson

To make room for Turner and Avilan, struggling right-handed reliever Sergio Romo was placed on the 10-day DL with a left ankle sprain and outfielder Brett Eibner was optioned to OKC. Romo, who came into the season with a 2.58 career ERA, has a 6.41 ERA with five homers allowed in 19 2/3 innings.

With Turner returning to third base, manager Dave Roberts returned slumping Logan Forsythe from third back to second base, where he will "get a fair share of the workload," but in part to keep Forsythe healthy Chase Utley will continue seeing significant playing time there as well.

Video: MIA@LAD: Turner injures right leg rounding third base

Turner said he has spoken with management about avoiding a recurrence of the injury, suffered trying to score from second base on a single.

"It's not going to be going out there 17 games in a row and running me into the ground," he said. "We're trying to figure out ways to manage it and ease our way back into it and make sure we don't get too aggressive too fast."

"You can't anticipate a homer his first at-bat, but this guy's got a good head, a great pulse," Roberts said of Turner, who is hitting .378. "To give us a two-run lead was huge. It seems J.T. is the glue to our offense and clubhouse."

Roberts repeated that Pederson's stay at Triple-A will be as much to show his bat can be productive again as it is to show he's healthy. After hitting 25 home runs last year, Pederson has two home runs and a .200 average this season.

"To put a date on his return is unfair, because it adds more pressure," Roberts said. "It's open-ended, and that allows for him, for us, to make a decision that makes sense when he's ready. I think a week and we'll evaluate at that time."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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