The Dodgers assigned third baseman Justin Turner to the 10-day disabled list after he sustained a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, the club announced on Friday. Turner sustained the injury while running the bases during Thursday’s 7-2 win over the Marlins, and will be replaced by infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez in Friday’s lineup.
The injury doesn’t appear to be nearly as severe as club manager Dave Roberts described it on Thursday night, telling reporters it looked like the ball “almost came off the bone, the way [Turner] reacted.” While Turner isn’t looking at a lengthy rehab period, he’s the third Dodgers infielder to land on the disabled list this spring after second baseman Logan Forsythe and first baseman Rob Segedin were sidelined with toe injuries.
Turner is off to a hot start this season, slashing .379/.453/.493 with a league-leading 53 hits through his first 162 PA. The Dodgers don’t intend to rush him back into a starting role, however, and will instead allow him one off day per week after he finishes his stint on the disabled list. Forsythe, meanwhile, is due back from the DL early next week and MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that he could see some time at third base until Turner’s return.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.
Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.
Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.
Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.
The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.