The Dodgers on Monday placed Justin Turner on the disabled list with a right groin strain. Taking his place on the roster is outfielder Alex Verdugo, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Turner has been dealing with the same adductor issue since before the All-Star break. The team was hoping that the rest over the last few days and only one start since July 11 would help the recovery process. But after two at-bats Sunday, the 33-year-old was pulled after the second inning.
“I’m not happy,” Turner told media in Milwaukee. “Especially with the way the year has gone, it’s been frustrating. It’s just another thing that sucks.”
The Dodgers played the first 40 games of the season without Turner after he fractured his wrist in spring training. In 50 games (43 starts) since, the third baseman is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five homers and eight doubles.
This will be Verdugo’s second stint with the Dodgers this season, playing in nine games towards the beginning of May before being optioned May 9. The 22-year-old hit .265/.306/.382 with four doubles in 37 plate appearances.
In 67 games in Triple-A, Verdugo is hitting .349/.396/.506 with eight homers and 17 doubles. The lefty has a hit in 56 of the 66 games he has had a plate appearance in and recently had hitting streaks of 12 and 13 games, hitting .382/.433/.522 since May 14.
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