Justin Turner continues to produce for the Dodgers, and did so again in Monday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series with a two-run double that capped off a three-run third-inning rally to give the club all the offense they would need to even things up with the Mets.
Just imagine what Turner might do if he was healthy.
Turner, who missed some time in September with a bone bruise and tendonitis in his left knee, continues to be bothered by soreness and swelling in the knee. There was a noticeable grimace from Turner when he made a diving stop at third base to retire Wilmer Flores to end the seventh inning.
Turner was removed after the inning on a double switch, with Chris Hatcher taking over for Clayton Kershaw on the mound, and Jimmy Rollins coming in at shortstop for Turner, with Corey Seager moving to third.
"JT was a little sore yesterday during the game. He had some swelling but was able to play," manager Don Mattingly said. "But as the game went on he was going to have trouble moving."
Turner, who hit .294/.370/.491 with 26 doubles and a career-high 16 home runs during the regular season, has reached base twice in every game of this series against the Mets.
"Against the Mets it seems like everything they throw at him, he hits it hard," said Kiké Hernandez, who had two hits on Tuesday and scored one of the Dodgers' three runs. "He's basically carrying us right now."
Turner after the game was asked how his knee felt.
"It's still on my leg, so we'll be good to go on Thursday," Turner said.
Game 5 is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.
All quotes from either MLB Network or SportsNet LA postgame coverage of Game 4.