For the first time in two weeks, Justin Turner is in the Dodgers starting lineup.
JT made his way back into a game on Friday night, pinch hitting for Kenta Maeda in the seventh inning. He drew a walk, but Kristopher Negrón came in as a pinch runner to relive Turner of any base running responsibilities.
He took this time off to recover from a sprained left ankle, suffered when the Giants were in town back in early September. Although he is O.K. enough to return to the lineup, the athletic trainers are taking the necessary precautions to prevent further injury.
Justin Turner is back in #Dodgers lineup. But left ankle still heavily taped pic.twitter.com/FudBvQaDzP— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 21, 2019
Of course, though, since Turner will make his way back, the Baseball Gods had a trick up their sleeve. Max Muncy exited Friday night’s game with quad tightness and now Muncy will be on the bench for Saturday’s contest. It doesn’t seem like this injury will keep Muncy out for long, though, because Dave Roberts said he can possibly play tonight.
Max Muncy (quad) is “playable” tonight, Dave Roberts said, should start tomorrow.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 21, 2019
Now, as for Joe Kelly, there are no details on what he’s going through. But what we do know is he will have a light workload until the end of the month.
Roberts said Joe Kelly’s vague lower body issues will require continued limited usage until the postseason.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 21, 2019