Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is out of the lineup for a second straight day on Sunday with a bruised left big toe, suffered when he was stepped on at the plate in Friday night's game against the Rockies.
Justin Turner, still limping on his bruised big toe last night, said he will try to play with a shoe insert that immobilizes the joint.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 24, 2016
Howie Kendrick, listed on the 2016 National League All-Star ballot — yes, balloting began on Sunday — as one of three Dodgers outfielders, gets the start instead at third base, in place of Turner, just like on Saturday night.
So for Kendrick, with 1,063 career starts at second base under his belt, is listed on the All-Star ballot at a position that before this year he hadn't started since 2011. But on Sunday he instead starts at third base, a position before this year that he hadn't played sine 2006.
This is a weird year, man.
Trayce Thompson gets the call for the Dodgers in left field, his second start at the position this season to go with four starts in center field and two in right field. He is 6-for-25 (.240) with a double and two walks as a starter this year.
With Alex Wood on the mound, the Rockies have some right-handed batters in the lineup, including Brandon Barnes in center field, Mark Reynolds at first base and Dustin Garneau at catcher.
Nolan Arenado is 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs and two walks against Wood.