Turner sits with hamstring tightness

May 31st, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' lineup was missing the starting left side of the infield for Thursday night’s series finale against the Mets, with third baseman nursing hamstring tightness and shortstop getting a scheduled rest against a left-handed starter.

Manager Dave Roberts said Turner felt a little tightness in his left hamstring while scoring the tying run during the game-winning rally on Wednesday night.

“With that, just the workload of what he’s been doing, today was a good day to get ahead of it,” said Roberts. “He’s available off the bench to hit, but we'll try to stay away from him and see how it is tomorrow.”

Roberts called the tightness “benign, but we want to make sure we stay on top of it."

“With Corey, we’re in a stretch with a lot of games in a row, and I felt like breaking it up and getting him off his feet,” said Roberts. “He’s playing a lot and playing well. Just giving him a blow.”

Roberts started Max Muncy at third base, Chris Taylor at shortstop and Matt Beaty in left field.

Turner went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the 9-8 win on Wednesday night. Seager was 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

Beaty got his second consecutive start. The first of his two callups lasted five days after A.J. Pollock had surgery. This time, Beaty was promoted May 17 to add a bat on the bench for a stint that is turning out to be longer than initially thought. He’s hitting .303 with a .939 OPS and seven RBIs in 33 at-bats.

“He’s playing more than I expected, and that’s a credit to him,” said Roberts. “He’s earned it. He swings at strikes, and when he does get out of the strike zone, he has an ability to adjust within the at-bat. Doesn’t punch much, hits velocity, uses the whole field.”