The Justin Turner saga continued on Sunday, as manager Dave Roberts said lingering pain in the third baseman's healing left wrist kept him out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game.
After a lengthy pregame meeting, Turner was not placed on the disabled list, although Roberts didn't rule out the possibility of it happening retroactively. Instead, Roberts said he was hopeful that another game off, plus the scheduled Monday off-day, would allow Turner to play on Tuesday.
"Could he play today? Yes. Is his wrist getting better? Absolutely," said Roberts. "But I think for us, having an off-day tomorrow, having him available to hit today, not push it to gain that equity we've built in the last couple days -- right now, where we're at, it just doesn't make sense."
Earlier this weekend, Roberts said Turner would start on Sunday. But Turner told him on Sunday the wrist was still sore.
Justin Turner not starting. Wrist improving but Roberts chose to give him extra rest.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) 10 de junio de 2018
"Logic says that if there's some soreness in there and you crank it up and you get going and you take a hundred swings and you play in a game, it's probably not going to get better," said Roberts. "So that residual soreness, I'm betting on taking today [off] and another day, with the off-day, that it'll dissipate come Tuesday."
Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture of the wrist on March 19 when hit by a Kendall Graveman fastball. The fact that he still has pain nearly three months later is not surprising for that type of injury, but hardly reassuring, as the All-Star has been the club's most consistent offensive producer the past two seasons. He returned from the disabled list May 15, but has lacked pull power.
Max Muncy's surprising emergence as a slugger (11 home runs) has helped mitigate Turner's absence.
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