3B,DH - LAD
Justin Turner is absent from the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday against the Rockies.
It's a routine day off for the veteran. Edwin Rios is filling in at third base in his absence opposite Antonio Senzatela.
Third baseman Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the Dodgers 1-0 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Nationals starter Joe Ross was dealing all afternoon, holding the Dodgers to just two hits, a pair of singles by Turner, through five innings. Walker Buehler was blanking the Nationals on the other side so both teams were locked in a 0-0 tie until Turner jacked his second home run of the year off Luis Avilan in the bottom of the sixth inning. The longest-tenured Dodger is off to an incredible start this season, slashing .414/.455/.724 with three doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI across 29 at-bats.
Justin Turner went 2-for-6 with a solo home run, two RBI, and one strikeout as the Dodgers blew out the A's 10-3 on Monday.
Turner was 0-for-4 entering the top of the eighth inning before he took Sergio Romo deep to centerfield for a wall-scraping home run, his first of the season. That put the Dodgers up 9-0 at that point. The A's tacked on three runs in the bottom half of the frame so Turner added an insurance run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth to make it 10-3 Dodgers. The 36-year-old third baseman looks as good as ever, hitting .353 with a .988 OPS through his first 17 at-bats.
Justin Turner picked up three hits over five at-bats, including a double, while driving in three runs and scoring one himself in the Dodgers 11-6 win over the Rockies on Friday.
Turner drove in Corey Seager with an RBI double in the second inning before smacking a two-run single off Antonio Senzatela in the fourth. There was a reason the Dodgers brought back the 36-year-old Turner, who can still rake at the dish. He should put up solid numbers hitting near the top of the Dodgers star-studded lineup all season. He will get the occasional day off for rest purposes but he's worth starting every time he's out there.
According to Juan Toribio, Justin Turner likely won't spend time at first base per Dave Roberts. Edwin Rios may spell Turner at third to give Turner days off.
Justin Turner typically misses time throughout the season, so building in off-days for him makes sense. Before Turner signed back with the Dodgers, Edwin Rios was a buzzy name. If Turner gained first base eligibility that would be nice. However, it sounds like he'll only stick at third in 2021.