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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.