Dodgers don’t start Justin Turner, but he proves hand is OK with pinch-hit RBI single
A few hours before Thursday’s first pitch, Justin Turner flexed his left hand, an appendage that got plunked by a baseball the night before.
“I’m good to go tonight,” Turner said.
After being hit by pitches three times in two days, Turner was not in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Diamondbacks. Manager Dave Roberts indicated the Dodgers planned the off day to help as Turner returns from off-season microfracture surgery on his left knee.
But in the seventh inning, Roberts called Turner into action. Turner supplied an RBI single that acted as the first salvo in a five-run rally in a 5-2 victory.
The night before, Arizona reliever Jake Barrett clipped Turner on the left hand in Wednesday’s seventh inning. Turner finished the game. An X-ray on his hand came back negative. Turner experienced swelling in his hand overnight, but insisted, “I’ll be good.”
Tempers sparked during the game. Afterward, Arizona Manager Chip Hale chastised Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt for yelling at his dugout.
Turner did not believe he was targeted by the Diamondbacks.
“The second one was a slider,” Turner said. “He wasn’t trying to hit me.”
Of the first one, courtesy of starter Ruby De La Rosa, Turner said, “I don’t think he was trying to hit me. He just has no idea where the ball’s going when he tries to [throw inside].”
Hatcher on leave
Struggling setup man Chris Hatcher left the club for paternity leave. Jensen Thomas Hatcher was born Thursday, according to Hatcher’s Twitter feed. To replace Hatcher on the roster, the Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore.
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