LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said his fractured left wrist is still sore and he has not been able to begin swinging a bat.Turner suffered a small, non-displaced fracture when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman on March 19. In a best-case scenario, Turner was
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said his fractured left wrist is still sore and he has not been able to begin swinging a bat.
Turner suffered a small, non-displaced fracture when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman on March 19. In a best-case scenario, Turner was hopeful he would be cleared to begin hitting in three weeks, which was Monday, but lingering soreness indicates the healing is not complete.
"I don't know when I'm going to [hit]. It's just a matter of when the pain goes away," said Turner, whose absence has been felt on offense and defense. "Is it hard not to [play]? Yeah, it stinks. Whether we were 9-0 or 0-9, it would stink all the same, not being out there."
Turner has continued running and throwing. Manager Dave Roberts said he was hopeful Turner would begin hitting next week.
"I'm in the best shape of my life," Turner said. "I've had an extended spring training, with everything but swinging a bat-- playing catch, running, lifting, fielding ground balls with my right hand, everthing."
At that point, locker neighbor Matt Kemp saw the media swarming around Turner.
"What is going on? Leave him alone," said Kemp. "He'll be back, I promise. He's going to come save us."
Rotation set up for D-backs series
Roberts announced his starting pitchers for the weekend series against Arizona, with Kenta Maeda on Friday, Rich Hill on Saturday and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.
Maeda will be starting for the first time since March 31, having been in the bullpen last weekend. Hill, who went four innings in Saturday night's 14-inning loss in San Francisco, will be pitching on a week's rest, as will Kershaw, who took a shutout into the eighth inning on Sunday against the Giants and prefers to stay on a five-day cycle.
By starting Kershaw on Sunday, he will miss the Padres in San Diego, but his spot will come up next in Washington against the Nationals, probably next Friday. The juggling was necessitated by three days off and a rainout in an eight-day span.
"This is the only time he'll have the extra couple of days, which he doesn't like, nor does any starting pitcher," Roberts said. "It lines us up going forward, so I think it was a way we could manage those three guys. The weekend series, we had to manipulate it a little bit to get these guys on a normal schedule."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.