Justin Turner was activated from the injured list on Tuesday, and is expected to start at designated hitter for the Dodgers in the second game of their three-game tilt with the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.
Turner missed 14 games with a left hamstring strain, stemming from a hit by pitch on August 22 and aggravated while stealing a base on August 28. He did hitting and running drills before Monday’s series opener in San Diego, clearing the final hurdles for his return.
“He looked good,” manager Dave Roberts said on a conference call Monday night. “I talked to him. I expect him to be in the lineup [Tuesday].”
Turner is hitting .282/.384/.410 with two home runs and seven doubles in 32 games.
To make roster room, pitcher Josh Sborz was optioned. The right-hander has allowed a run in three innings this season, and pitched each of the last two games. The move gives the Dodgers 13 position players and 14 pitchers on the active roster, including 10 relievers. They will go back to 11 relievers and 15 pitchers active on Wednesday, when Joe Kelly is activated after serving his five-game suspension.