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Dodgers’ Justin Turner likely to avoid IL stint

Matt Johnson
MLB free agents: Justin Turner
Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) runs home on a three run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning during game two of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

After exiting Friday’s game with a left shin contusion, it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers might have caught some good fortune following All-Star third baseman Justin Turner’s injury.

Roberts spoke to reporters before Saturday’s game and announced that while Turner won’t play on Saturday, he should be able to avoid a stint on the 10-day injured list.

It’s in part thanks to a very fortunate break in the schedule for Los Angeles. The team will have an off day on April 20 and 23 this coming week, giving Turner additional time for his shin to heal.

The 34-year-old has been scorching hot at the plate this month with five home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.049 OPS across 47 at-bats.

In his absence, Los Angeles will move utility infielder Max Muncy over to the hot corner for Saturday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Reds. While it’s difficult to replace Turner’s bat, Muncy’s .850 OPS this season proves he’s more than capable of producing in the middle of the batting order.