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The Dodgers receive good news from their injured players

It was about time!

Justin Turner cerca de regresar

Justin Turner cerca de regresar | AP

In dire need of an offensive spark, the Dodgers will return arguably the most critical cog to their lineup ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Miami, as third baseman Justin Turner was activated off the 10-day disabled list after missing nearly two months with a broken left wrist.

Second baseman Logan Forsythe was also reinstated from the DL, and both were in the lineup on Tuesday, with Turner batting third and Forsythe, seventh. In corresponding moves, infielder/catcher Kyle Farmer and outfielder Tim Locastro were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

 

Turner has missed 40 games this year after being drilled by a pitch during a March 19 game in Spring Training. The reigning All-Star is coming off a season in which he led the Dodgers with a .322 batting average and clubbed 21 homers with 71 RBIs. Turner went 0-for-6 with a walk in two rehab game assignments with Class A Rancho Cucumonga.

Forsythe, who was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, has missed the last 25 games since his last start on April 14. He went 8-for-46 (.174) before being sidelined, and he was 1-for-10 in three rehab games with Rancho Cucamonga.

 

The Dodgers, who led the Majors last year with 104 wins, entered Tuesday in fourth place in the National League West, eight games under .500 and 7 1/2 games out of first. The season is only a quarter through, but ongoing injuries to some of their most critical contributors has contributed to their disappointing start after winning the NL pennant last year.

Dodgers who are on the disabled list include ace Clayton Kershaw (left bicep tendinitis), left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) and star shortstop Corey Seager (torn right ulnar collateral ligament). Right fielder Yasiel Puig also missed time.