Adrian Gonzalez returns to the Dodgers lineup after a pair of pseudo-days off, while Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig get nights off as the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Turner sits one day after leaving Monday's game with a cramp in his hamstring suffered on a swing in the ninth inning. Dave Roberts after Monday's game said Turner was removed for the final inning on defense as a precaution and that it wasn't considered serious, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Turner feels better on Tuesday:
Justin Turner says his hamstring feels good enough to play.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) June 28, 2016
Justin Turner (leg cramp) said he expects to play tomorrow.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 28, 2016
In his last 21 games, Turner is hitting .316/.352/.696 with eight home runs, six doubles and 22 RBI.
Chris Taylor gets the start at third base, his second straight start after getting the call at shortstop on Monday.
A slumping Gonzalez was held out of the lineup for the final two games against the Pirates to give him mental days off, though he ended up pinch hitting in both games and remained in for defense, playing a total of six innings and amassing three plate appearances on those supposed off days.
Gonzalez was 1-for-3, and in June is hitting .188/.247/.271 with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in 93 plate appearances.
Puig sits for the first time since his return from the disabled list. He was 8-for-23 (.348) with a home run since his return, playing every inning of the last six games in right field. Trayce Thompson, in an 0-for-19 slump of his own, gets the call in right field. He was 1-for-2 with a RBI single against Tuesday Brewers starter Chase Anderson on June 18 at Dodger Stadium.
The Brewers made a roster move before the series opener, selecting the contract of utility man Jake Elmore from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and designated outfielder Alex Presley for assignment. Elmore has played literally every position, including pitcher and catcher, in the major leagues.
Milwaukee has 13 pitchers on its active roster, meaning it only has a four-man bench, which is what the Dodgers have done for most of the 2016 season. Though for the opener of the series LA has a full bench, with Wednesday's starting pitcher not yet added to the roster.