LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is back at Dodger Stadium and went through a bevy of workouts on Wednesday, his first full day back with the club, and will be activated fro the disabled list on Thursday or Friday after missing over two weeks with a staph infection in his leg.
What started as an ingrown hair on his thigh became a potentially dangerous infection. It was first noticed when the Dodgers were in New York to play the Mets. Turner was given antibiotics but when they didn't help he went to the emergency room on Tuesday, July 28 once the Dodgers were back home.
"It's not a joking matter. I didn't think it was that bad until I came in after the off day and Stan [Conte, director of medical services] told me I had to get to the emergency room," Turner said. "A couple days later I found out was MRSA. It was a pretty scary situation, and they gave me medication to get rid of it."
After over a week of no activity whatsoever, Turner spent part of last week at the Dodgers facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, including facing live pitching for a few days to get ready.
On Wednesday, Turner took part in all pregame activities at Dodger Stadium, and also ran the bases with Conte watching, essentially the final test before Turner is activated from the disabled list.
"Today was primarily a day of conditioning. It sounds like he's clear as far as the wound being closed," manager Don Mattingly said. "I would think [he'll be activated] in the next couple of days."
Turner is hitting .323/.387/.563 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles and 44 RBI in 87 games this season. Since his injury, Alberto Callaspo and Alex Guerrero have combined to hit .271/.327/.354 with one home run, one double and three RBI in 13 games at third base.
Callaspo starts at third base on Wednesday night against the Nationals.