LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have third baseman Justin Turner back in the lineup on Friday night against the Reds, activating him from the disabled list after missing 19 games with a strained right hamstring.
He injured the hamstring on May 18 against the Marlins, trying to score from second base on a single. Turner was leading the league in batting average when he got hurt, hitting .379/.453/.493 with 13 doubles and one home run in 39 games.
Turner played in one rehab game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, then accumulated several at-bats in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
In Turner’s absence, Dodgers third baseman — 12 starts from Logan Forsythe, five by Kiké Hernandez, and two starts from Chris Taylor — hit just .141/.274/.239 with four doubles and a home run. That includes just 1-for-28 with two walks in June from the hot corner.
The Dodgers were 12-7 in those 19 games.
The corresponding roster move to activate Turner was outfielder Brett Eibner getting optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Eibner is 6-for-33 with two home runs in 17 games, hitting .182/.250/.364. He started four games in center field, two games in right, and once in left.