MIAMI -- Justin Turner made his presence felt in his return to action on Tuesday night. And though it wasn't enough for a win, the Dodgers were certainly happy to have their star third baseman, as well as second baseman John Forsythe, back from the disabled list.The club activated Turner
MIAMI -- Justin Turner made his presence felt in his return to action on Tuesday night. And though it wasn't enough for a win, the Dodgers were certainly happy to have their star third baseman, as well as second baseman John Forsythe, back from the disabled list.
The club activated Turner and Forsythe off the disabled list prior to Tuesday's 4-2 loss in the series opener against the Marlins. In corresponding moves, the club optioned infielder/catcher James Farmer and infielder/outfielder Tim Locastro to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
In his first at-bat of the season, Turner flied out deep to center field. He dropped a single into right field in his second plate appearance for his first hit of the season.
Turner wasted little time getting involved on the defensive side as well, turning a nifty double play to end the second inning. With runners at first and third and one out, Turner fielded a chopper down the third-base line that caught runner Cameron Maybin off the bag.
Turner alertly tagged Maybin and made the throw across the diamond to first base to complete the double play and end the Marlins' threat.
It was like Opening Day for Turner, who was making his first appearance of the season after being hit by a pitch and sustaining a fractured left wrist in a Spring Training game.
"It was exciting to wake up this morning and come to the field, and get back into the routine of getting ready to play a game; definitely excited to be back," Turner said.
Despite his propensity for being hit by pitches, Turner said he doesn't plan to change his batting style.
"I do get hit a lot," he said. "It's part of the game. Obviously, I'm comfortable with it. Unfortunately the last one got me in a bad spot."
Through the entire rehab process, Turner said he didn't have one uncomfortable swing of the bat.
"That's obviously pretty good for peace of mind," Turner said of his return.
While getting back to hopefully put a charge in the lineup, Turner was quick to point out that this isn't and never has been a one-man team.
"One guy can't come in and drive in 100 runs in one game and hit a bunch of homers," he said. "It's about taking good at-bats and stacking those good at-bats throughout the lineup. It's going to take all 25 of us and win one pitch at a time."
However, injecting both Turner and Forsythe into the lineup can certainly help fuel team chemistry.
"With us being back, it's similar to what the chemistry was last year," said Forsythe, who hasn't played since April 14, when right shoulder inflammation took him out of the lineup. He was hitting .174 with one homer and four RBIs before going on the 10-day DL on April 15.
Dodgers manger Dave Roberts said he also plans to start Turner and Forsythe on Wednesday, but not to push it beyond that. The club finishes the three-game series against the Marlins with a Thursday afternoon game before heading to Washington for a three-game series against the Nationals.
"I don't feel real comfortable having them play six straight," Roberts said. "But it sure is nice to have them both back in the lineup."
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.