Turner is back from in­jury ‘feel­ing 100%’

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com Twit­ter: @McCul­loughTimes

In­ac­tive since suf­fer­ing a strained ham­string on May 18, Dodgers third base­man Justin Turner re­joined the lineup on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The team has strug­gled of­fen­sively with­out Turner, who re­turned to the third spot in the bat­ting order.

“I’m just happy that I’m feel­ing good, feel­ing 100%,” Turner said.

Turner went through an in­tense sim­u­lated game on Wednesday to test his ham­string.

On Thurs­day morn­ing, there was an en­cour­ag­ing sign: He felt less sore­ness than he ex­pected.

With Turner back, Lo­gan Forsythe re­turned to sec­ond base. Man­ager Dave Roberts ex­pects Forsythe to have the ma­jor­ity of the team’s starts at that po­si­tion.

He will get oc­ca­sional re­lief from Chase Ut­ley and Chris Taylor.

Taylor has es­tab­lished him­self as the pri­mary cen­ter fielder, though he will also play at sec­ond base and third base. Joc Ped­er­son (con­cus­sion) is ex­pected to re­quire at least a week on his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment, which be­gan on Friday. Reliever is back

Turner was not the only Dodger to re­turn on Friday. The team ac­ti­vated left­handed reliever Luis Avi­lan, who had been ab­sent since late May be­cause of tri­ceps sore­ness. Avi­lan took the place of right-handed reliever Ser­gio Romo. The Dodgers placed him on the 10-day dis­abled list be­cause of a left-an­kle sprain.

Romo had not pitched since June 4. Romo has had trou­ble find­ing a con­sis­tent role in the bullpen and has re­mained prone to giv­ing up home runs. His ERA is a ca­reer-worst 6.41.

Eib­ner might pitch

The Dodgers op­tioned out­fielder Brett Eib­ner to triple-A Ok­la­homa City to make room on the ros­ter for Turner. Eib­ner threw sev­eral bullpen ses­sions while with the big league club, and Roberts in­di­cated the team will cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to use him as a reliever in the mi­nors. “It would be nice to get him an in­ning there be­fore here,” Roberts said. “That is the plan. I don’t know when that will oc­cur, but I know that is on the radar.”

Chris Carlson Associated Press

THE DODGERS’ Justin Turner makes the most of his first at-bat Friday with a two-run homer.

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