LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on Thursday will undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose bodies in his left knee, the Dodgers announced on Tuesday.
The club also made official what was expected last week, that catcher Yasmani Grandal will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint on Wednesday. Both procedures will be performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
The team said both players are expected to be ready for spring training, though in the case of Grandal I can't help but think of Matt Kemp, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder after 2012 and was technically ready for spring training the next year, but was nowhere near the same player in 2013.
Kemp had a torn labrum though, something we can't yet say about Grandal.
Turner was the Dodgers' best hitter during the National League Division Series against the Mets, hitting .526 (10-for-19) with six doubles, the latter a franchise record for doubles in any postseason series. His 10 hits were the most by a Dodgers in any postseason series outside of the World Series, and the most since Steve Garvey had 10 hits in the 1981 World Series.
Turner, 30, took over regular duties at the hot corner in May, and on the season hit .294/.370/.491 with 26 doubles and a career-high 16 home runs in 126 games in 2015.
The club was proactive in getting Turner regular rest during the season in an effort to maximize his play. He started five days in a row three different times and four days in a row once, but other than that never more than three consecutive days.
Turner missed 14 games on the disabled list with a right thigh skin infection in August. He was dealing with inflammation and a bone bruise in his left knee in September, causing him to miss four straight games.
Turner is eligible for salary arbitration this winter, and will be a free agent after the 2016 season.