Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner exited the team’s game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday in the seventh inning after injuring his right leg while trying to score from second on a single.
With the Dodgers leading 5-2, catcher Yasmani Grandal sent a single to left field and Turner was rounding third to score when he began to hobble. The throw from left fielder Marcell Ozuna arrived in plenty of time as Turner struggled to make it to the plate and was tagged out to end the inning.
The team’s trainer came on to the field to have a look at Turner, who was favoring his right leg and was eventually helped off the field. Chris Taylor came in to replace Turner, who was 2-for-3 with a walk before leaving the game. He’s currently slashing .372/.446/.489, to go with a home run and 17 RBIs.
Taylor would likely take over at third base for Los Angeles if Turner was to miss time, as Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley comprise the rest of the team’s utility infielders. The team’s Opening Day second baseman, Logan Forsythe, is currently on the 10-day disabled with a broken toe, but the Dodgers did welcome back Adrian Gonzalez to the lineup Thursday after a stint on the disabled list.
Turner, who signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason, played in a career-high 151 games last season. He belted a career-high 27 home runs, 11 more than any previous season, and finished ninth in the National League MVP voting.