LOS ANGELES —- Justin Turner returns to the lineup after taking a “sick day” on Saturday. Manager Dave Roberts said that there has been a bug that has affected a few of the players for the past few days.
“I think he really wants to play, I think medication, antibiotics have a great way of working on people when they are ill,” Roberts said, “taking him out of the game a few days ago, sent him home yesterday, he sees what we are doing and obviously, clearly he is a huge part of it and he’s a baseball player.”
“He didn’t want to feel good about taking a sick day, so I am going to give him some more grief about taking a sick day because I never took one as a player, so I am going to let him know that.”
When asked about how many players are sick right now, Roberts didn’t name names but he did say something had been going on.
“I wouldn’t say there’s infestation but there’s some guys under the weather,” Roberts said, “trying to get guys out of the clubhouse and it’s contagious, we’re a close knit group and close quarters, there’s a handful of guys who are not feeling well.”
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Brandon McCarthy is throwing a bullpen prior to today’s game.
“I’m waiting and I know that from talking to him yesterday, looking at the blister,” Roberts said, “we’re encouraged and how much we get out of a 25-30 pitch bullpen, I don’t know, but I just want to see how the ball is coming out his hand and see if that blister heats up.”
Adrian Gonzalez took the field before the game and took batting practice, ran some curves and later worked out in the weight room.
“I was actually surprised, the effort that he exerted, he hit a few balls out of the ballpark,” Roberts said, “says he feels good, and I think for him to get out on the field and take batting practice was a good thing.”
“And for me, I’ll be more curious to see how he responds tomorrow, how he recovers.”
“Today was a big day for [Gonzalez].”