Justin Turner gets a night off on Wednesday, out of the starting lineup in the Dodgers’ middle game of the series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.
Turner started 134 of 157 games this season at third base, plus two more at designated hitter. He is third on the team in both games played (147) and plate appearances (607), smashing his previous career highs in both (126 games, 487 PA).
This season, Turner has hit .274/.339/.495, setting career highs in games, PA, runs (76), hits (148), doubles (33), triples (3), home runs (27), RBI (89), walks (48) and total bases (268).
Howie Kendrick gets the start at third base on Wednesday for the Dodgers, his 14th start and 17th game at the hot corner in 2016, a position the career second baseman hadn’t played since playing at third base once for six innings as a rookie in 2006.
Andrew Toles is getting an extended run of playing time in September. He makes his second start in a row in left field on Wednesday and his 10th start in the last 21 games. The lefty-batting Toles, hitting .313/.367/.515 in 45 games and 109 plate appearances this season, will have started 10 of the Dodgers’ last 15 games against right-handed pitchers.
Jose De Leon makes his fourth major league start, and his first since Sept. 18. This is his second start against the Padres, against whom he made his major league debut.