Turner strained the hamstring trying to score from second base on a single in the seventh inning, feeling something just after he rounded third base. That didn’t stop Turner from trying to score on the play, though he was thrown out at the plate, then immediately grabbed his right leg and walked slowly off the field with trainer Nate Lucero.
“To my eyes, it didn’t look good coming around third base,” manager Dave Roberts said after Thursday’s game.
“In hindsight I probably should have stopped right there, but I tried to make my way home,” Turner said. “I don’t think that had any effect on it.”
MRI results showed a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the least severe grade, and seen as good news by the team.
“It felt worse this morning than I expected, so getting the MRI results coming back the way they did was a positive thing,” Turner said.
Turner didn’t want to speculate on how long he’ll be out, but Roberts said, “We’re hopeful to get him back in a couple of weeks.”
After the MRI exam, Turner took another strength test, and showed similar positive results to his postgame test on Thursday.
“The strength was still there, so that was a good sign,” Turner said.
Turner is hitting .379/.453/.493 this season with 13 doubles and one home run, in the first season of a four-year, $64 million contract signed this winter.
Roberts was a guest on MLB Network Radio with Casey Stern earlier on Friday, before the MRI results were known, and said even a short-term absence of Turner would strain an already thin bench.
Roberts "we're playing with a 4 man bench & to carry JT for even 3 or 4 days & not play, it looks like it's going to be the 10 day" #Dodgers— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 19, 2017
This is the second time in Turner’s career he has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. He missed three weeks in June and July 2014 with a left hamstring strain.
Turner is the 19th different Dodgers player to be placed on the disabled list this season.
“It sucks. Being on the DL isn’t fun,” Turner said. “I’ll try to get in there and do everything I can to come back as fast as I can.”
The Dodgers recalled Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Turner’s place on the active roster.
Eibner was optioned to Triple-A on Monday when Brandon McCarthy was activated from the disabled list. This is Eibner’s third stint with the major league club this season. He is 3-for-10 with a home run and a walk in five games, and has started one game each in all three outfield spots.