LOS ANGELES — Ahead of his start in the Alumni Game, Dave Roberts gave us an update on Justin Turner’s health and when we can expect him back.
“It is a little more severe than I anticipated,” Roberts said. “With that, it’s still a minor situation. He ran today, said it felt considerably better. Could he have played today, absolutely. For us, the way guys are playing, just to keep him off it for another day, if it’s tomorrow he’s back, great. If not, it will be Monday. Having a bat on the bench is valuable for us.”
With the plethora of depth at each position, and with how well this team as been playing, it’s no surprise that they’re being extra cautious with Turner. “It’s more of giving us the versatility and understanding the guy they got going tonight is an opener.” Roberts said.
As LA enters June, they are 20 games above .500 and off to one of the best starts in franchise history. For Roberts, they are just numbers, but he has been impressed with his teams play over the last week, even showing one player some very high praise.
“I don’t get too caught up in wins and losses, but the last week we’ve been playing good baseball all the way around,” he said. “I expect more of that. The person for me who is defining what we’re doing is Max Muncy. His May has been tremendous. The versatility, open-mindedness to play anywhere on the field and hit anywhere.”
The praise didn’t stop there. When asked about the difference between this team and previous teams, Roberts said this team is equipped differently.
“There is something different about this team,” he said. “We’re more equipped to getting out ahead of things. Getting a lead, attacking early, and continuing to chip away. That’s a mark of a good team.”