Justin Turner to miss ‘a few days’ with groin injury

a baseball player is getting ready to hit the ball: After re-signing with the Dodgers for two years and a guaranteed $34 million in the offseason, Justin Turner has hit .289/.376/.491 with 20 home runs over 439 plate appearances.Justin Turner left Sunday’s game due to what the Dodgers described as left groin discomfort, and manager Dave Roberts said the third baseman will have to miss at least a brief amount of time. Turner will “be down for a few days and then we’ll re-evaluate,” Roberts told Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register and other reporters.

In the top of the second inning, Turner made an impressive play to get to a grounder and then throw out Jose Iglesias at first base. Turner picked up his injury on this play, but he remained in the game to finish the inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter Albert Pujols (who homered) in the bottom half of the frame.

Even though Los Angeles doesn’t have a game on Monday, Turner seems set to miss most or all of the Dodgers’ upcoming series with the surging Phillies from Tuesday through Thursday. Since the Dodgers have dropped to four games behind the Giants in the NL West race, L.A. can’t afford to be without its star third baseman for long, as Turner has continued to excel in his age-36 season.

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