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Justin Turner activated from DL, Dodgers option Carlos Triunfel to Triple-A

Ed Zurga

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers on Friday activated utility man Justin Turner from the disabled list after missing nearly three weeks with a left hamstring strain. To make room for Turner on the active roster, the team optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Turner was 1-for-5 with a pair of walks and a run scored in a pair of rehab games with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was the designated hitter on Sunday, and played eight innings at third base on Monday night.

Turner strained his left hamstring while running out an RBI double on June 28 against Lance Lynn, starting Friday night for the Cardinals against the Dodgers in St. Louis. At the time Turner was the hottest hitter on the team, hitting .400/.468/.545 in June with 11 RBI in 21 games, including 14 starts.

"Any time you go on the DL it's frustrating," Turner said at the time. "But I'd rather go on the DL feeling good than go on the DL feeling crappy."

Though he missed three weeks with the hamstring strain, because of the All-Star break Turner only missed a total of 14 games.

Turner has been a valuable and versatile infielder for the Dodgers this season, hitting .302/.358/.434 with 14 extra-base hits in 176 plate appearances over 59 games. He has started 28 games at third base, six games at second base, and three more at shortstop, and has filled in as a reserve at all three positions as well.

Triunfel, 24, was 2-for-14 with a home run and a walk in 11 games with the Dodgers, including 10 games and four starts at shortstop, playing 42⅓ innings at the position.