LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday activated Justin Turner from the disabled list before their four-game series against the Reds, after the third baseman missed 14 games with a staph infection in his right thigh.
To make room, the Dodgers optioned second baseman Jose Peraza to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Turner spent most of the last week getting ready at the Dodgers facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, with modified workouts to help him as he recovered from MRSA.
"I faced live pitching the last three days I was down there, probably got 20, 24 at-bats while I was down there," Turner explained on Wednesday. "I was doing all the baseball stuff, trying to minimize how much i sweat because of the open wound.
"The hardest part was doing as much as I can but not sweating to re-infect the open wound ... It was a pretty crazy program. I would literally go in the cage and take five swings off the tee, then go back in the weight room and sit down for three minutes to cool down. Then go out, do another session, come back in. It turned a workout that would probably normally take an hour, an hour and a half, into three hours. because it required so much rest in between to make sure I wasn’t sweating."
Turner is hitting .323/.387/.563 with 20 doubles, a career-high 13 home runs, and a .408 wOBA that ranks fourth among National League players with at least 250 plate appearances in 2015.
Peraza, 21, started two of three games at second base after getting recalled from Triple-A on Monday, going 1-for-6 with a triple and a walk in his first major league stint.
Peraza is hitting .302/.327/.398 with 27 steals in 106 games in Triple-A this season, including 15-for-39 (.385) with two walks in 10 games since joining Oklahoma City.