LOS ANGELES -- Shifted into the designated hitter spot for Game 5 to help lessen the strain on his tight left calf, Justin Turner plans to be back at third base tonight when the Dodgers host the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series.Both Turner and manager Dave Roberts
LOS ANGELES -- Shifted into the designated hitter spot for Game 5 to help lessen the strain on his tight left calf, Justin Turner plans to be back at third base tonight when the Dodgers host the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series.
Both Turner and manager Dave Roberts said the decision to have Turner DH was an overly cautious one, noting that had Sunday's game been played in a National League park, Turner would have been in the lineup regardless. Turner tweaked his calf one night earlier when struck by a ground ball.
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"The leg is fine," Turner said on Monday, after the Dodgers traveled home to Los Angeles. "[We] just got together with the training staff and Dave ... and they decided that DHing was probably the best way to go."
Of more immediate concern for the Dodgers is finding a way to spark Turner's bat. Since blasting a go-ahead home run in Game 1 of the Series, Turner has two hits (both doubles) in 19 plate appearances. He has scored three runs, but not driven in any in those four games as the team's three-hole hitter.
Turner entered the Series on the heels of stellar showings in the NL Division Series (.462 batting average, five RBIs) and NL Championship Series (.333 batting average, seven RBIs). During Turner's tenure in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are 11-3 in postseason games in which he tallies at least one RBI.
Turner insists, though, that he's only looking forward, which became imperative for the entire club after a gut-wrenching 13-12 defeat on Sunday. Turner went 1-for-4 in the game.
"It's easy. This is the World Series," Turner said of moving past the disappointment of multiple leads lost. "As emotional of a roller coaster as that game was -- and we know we didn't get the result we wanted -- the bottom line is we still get to play a World Series game tomorrow, so everyone is excited about that."
Tonight will be the first elimination game the 104-win Dodgers have faced this postseason.
"Obviously we want to be the last team standing on the field, win the last game of the season, and that's the goal," Turner said. "But you have literally the two best teams in baseball going at it. It's the clash of the titans right now, and I don't think there's a single moment of this season that won't be unforgettable."
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.