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Justin Turner expects to return on August 12

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list last week after a pimple on his right thigh became infected. He’s currently at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona and has not been cleared for baseball activities, but that should change pretty soon.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Tuesday that he expects Turner to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 12. It’s not a ligament or a bone thing, so Turner shouldn’t be losing much in the way of strength or conditioning while he’s on the shelf.

The 30-year-old Turner is having a tremendous season for the National League West-leading Dodgers, boasting a .323/.387/.563 slash line with 13 home runs, 20 doubles, and 44 RBI in 87 games.

Alex Guerrero has been getting the majority of the reps at the hot corner in Turner’s absence.

Brad Ausmus receives a vote of confidence from new Tigers general manager Al Avila

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Tigers owner Mike Ilitch cut ties with longtime general manager Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday afternoon, but it doesn’t sound like anybody else is on the chopping block yet. Al Avila, who has been installed as the Tigers’ new GM and vice president, said Tuesday in his introductory press conference that manager Brad Ausmus’ job, for one, is safe.

“I believe in Brad Ausmus,” said Avila, via Chris Iott of MLive.com. “He is our manager for the rest of this season for sure. I have all the confidence in him. I think he’s done a good job. Just like everything else from here on out, everything will be evaluated. Our staff will be evaluated. Our major-league club will be evaluated as we have done in years past.”

Detroit sold off David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, and Joakim Soria last week, but the club is only three games back of the second American League Wild Card spot entering play Tuesday.

Ausmus boasts a 141-126 record since taking over as the Tigers’ manager last year.

He also carries the distinction of being ranked HBT’s most handsome skipper.

Wilmer Flores receives standing ovation, tears up on infield over trade that never happened

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Unique situation Wednesday night at Citi Field. As the game between the Padres and Mets was entering the later innings, rumors were flying that infielder Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler were going to be heading to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez. The trade was said to be done, pending physicals, and Flores received a nice ovation from Mets fans when he stepped to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning …

Flores then broke into tears when he took the field in the top of the eighth inning, thinking he was finished in a Mets uniform. But the Mets had serious concerns about the stability of Gomez’s left hip after receiving his medical records and New York general manager Sandy Alderson announced immediately after the game that the trade had been called off. It’s not going to be revisited either.