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Justin Turner homers again, OK after getting spiked

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PEORIA -- Justin Turner was spiked on a slide and left Tuesday's game against the Padres after five innings, though the Dodgers third baseman insisted he was fine after the game and that he was removed only as a precaution.

An aggressive Cory Spangenberg advanced from first to third on a ground out to Turner in the fifth inning, but on receiving the return throw at third base Spangenberg's spike caught Turner's left calf and tore his pants.

"That was a decent little gash, but he refused to come out of the game. We treated him afterward," manager Dave Roberts said. "It wasn't a deep cut, but it had some length to it."

Turner was 1-for-3 in the game with a solo home run in the fifth inning. He is having a marvelous spring, hitting .565 (13-for-23) with six doubles and three home runs in just nine games. Tuesday marked only the second time this spring Turner has played on back-to-back days.

Turner will get a planned day off on Wednesday before playing in the Freeway Series against the Angels, which begins Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

San Diego beat the Dodgers 11-9.

Who's left?

Luis Avilan continued his rough spring, allowing a three-run home run in the seventh inning to Adam Rosales. Though all three runs were unearned, Avilan has allowed 10 runs in his last four appearances, including three home runs and two doubles during that span.

"Luis, you can see it, the look in his eyes and the lack of confidence to be able to execute a pitch when you need to," Roberts said. "Right now he's kind of fighting himself."

Avilan is one of two left-handed relief pitchers remaining in camp, along with J.P. Howell. If the club decides to carry two lefties in the bullpen, it might have to consider outside options at this point.

Stripling still alive

Ross Stripling was relatively cruising through four innings on Tuesday, allowing only a home run to Jon Jay. But in the fifth Jay got him again, this time for a two-run shot, then Wil Myers tagged Stripling for a two-run shot of his own.

Stripling allowed five runs on seven hits in his five innings, including those three home runs, with five strikeouts and one walk.

"Ross threw the ball well. He made some good pitches. The elements might have gotten him today," Roberts said. "I think his line score could have been a lot different."

Roberts said Stripling remains in the fifth starter discussion for now.

"He furthered the discussion, and I don't think he really hurt himself, the way the ball is coming out of his hand. He's a guy we know has multiple weapons and can execute a game plan," Roberts said. "His stuff plays at the major league level."

Up next

Getaway day is Wednesday, with the Dodgers hosting the Indians at Camelback Ranch before heading home to Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers though in a shortened, tuneup capacity, with fifth starter candidate Carlos Frias following him on the mound.