Justin Turner is back with the Dodgers after “scary” staph infection

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Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is back on the active roster after being sidelined by a staph infection on his right leg, the details of which you can read via quotes from Turner on ESPN Los Angeles if you’re not squeamish.

The short version? “It was scary. It’s not a joking matter.”

Turner picking up where he left off before the disabled list stint is a huge key for the Dodgers down the stretch, because the one-time role player for the Orioles and Mets has emerged as one of the best all-around players in the league.

Since the beginning of last season Turner has hit .332 with 20 homers, 41 doubles, and a .922 OPS in 196 games while seeing time at all four infield spots. He’s played primarily third base this season.

To make room for Turner’s return the Dodgers optioned infielder Jose Peraza back to the minors.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.