Infection sends Justin Turner to DL
Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, opening one of the spots on the Dodgers roster needed for the players who were acquired the previous day in a three-way trade with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins.
Starting pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Zach Lee were optioned to triple-A Oklahoma City.
The moves allowed the Dodgers to add to their active roster the three pitchers they acquired from the Atlanta Braves: Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan.
The Dodgers are expected to make another move Saturday when Mat Latos joins the team. Latos was acquired from the Marlins.
Turner has a skin infection on his right thigh that required a trip to an emergency room Tuesday.
“He’s going to need extended time, from the standpoint of taking care of this thing,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
Mattingly said the team’s medical staff estimated Turner would be sidelined for another six or seven days before he could resume baseball activities.
Turner will be eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list on Aug. 11.
“We’re pretty confident that if we take care of this, he’s probably going to be ready a few days before that,” Mattingly said.
Turner leads the Dodgers with a .323 batting average, which General Manager Farhan Zaidi said made Hector Olivera expendable. Olivera, who was signed to a $62.5-million contract in the spring, was traded to the Braves.
In management’s view, Olivera looked more comfortable at third base than at second.
Third base, however, now belongs to Turner.
“He’s really solidified that position for us,” Zaidi said.
While Turner is sidelined, Mattingly said he expects Alex Guerrero to receive the “lion’s share” of playing time at third base, with Alberto Callaspo remaining in a reserve role.
The only move the Dodgers made on the day of the nonwaiver trade deadline was relatively minor, as they traded Michael Morse to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for triple-A outfielder Jose Tabata.
Morse had been designated for assignment the previous day, shortly after he was acquired from the Marlins as part of the three-team trade.
The Dodgers also sent the Pirates cash to cover a significant portion of what is still owed to Morse.
Morse is under contract for $7.5 million this year and $8.5 million in 2016.
The Dodgers have realigned their rotation to accommodate their two new starting pitchers, Latos and Wood.
Latos is scheduled to pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Angels.
The Dodgers are not scheduled to play Monday, and Wood will start Tuesday in the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wood will be followed in the rotation by Brett Anderson.
Wood last pitched on Monday, meaning he could theoretically pitch on normal four days’ rest Saturday if Clayton Kershaw has to be scratched again.
Kershaw’s start originally scheduled for Wednesday has been pushed back twice because of a sore hip.
Unless the rotation changes again, Anderson would make his next start on seven days’ rest.
Johnson has two 50-save seasons on his resume and was closing for the Braves in July, but says he doesn’t mind setting up for Kenley Jansen.
“Kenley has obviously been one of the best in the game over the past few years,” Johnson said. “I’m not here to do anything except help pull the rope in the same direction as everyone else. I always refer to the bullpen as a team within the team and we do our part together. So if he gets a save, that’s one in my book too.”
Avilan gives the team a second left-handed reliever, alongside J.P. Howell. Avilan has made 50 appearances, tied for fourth-most in the major leagues before Friday.
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