The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday announced the return of Justin Turner from the disabled list. Turner will immediately return to the lineup, batting third and playing third base in Friday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Before being placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain, Turner was leading the major leagues with a .379 batting average. Turner, who missed 19 games while on the disabled list, appeared in one rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday going 1-for-3 with an RBI. He also participated in a sim game on Wednesday, and reported no issues with his hamstring after either game.
In 39 games with Los Angeles this season, he is batting .379 with 18 runs, 13 doubles, one home run and 17 RBI. In addition to leading the big leagues in batting average, he also was tied for first in hits with 53, tied for second in doubles with 13, was third in on-base percentage at .453, and was tied for fourth in hit-by-pitches with seven.
In the corresponding move, outfielder Brett Eibner was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 17 games with the Dodgers this season, Eibner has gone 6-for-33 (.182) with two home runs and six RBI. The Dodgers have been working towards making Eibner a relief pitcher, as he was known to pitch a bit in college. On Tuesday, he threw a bullpen session in front of Dave Roberts, Rick Honeycutt and Farhan Zaidi. According to Bill Plunkett, getting Eibner on the bump at Oklahoma City is the plan.
Oklahoma City begins a three game set against Round Rock at home on Friday evening.
In other injury news, the Dodgers also reinstated lefty reliever Luis Avilan to the 25-man roster on Friday and placed right-handed reliever Sergio Romo on the 10-day DL with a sprained left ankle. Before being placed on the disabled list on May 25 with triceps soreness, Avilan made 23 relief appearances this season for Los Angeles, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (5 ER/15.0 IP) and has struck out 20 batters against eight walks.
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