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Dodgers’ Justin Turner Exits NLCS Game 5 With Apparent Hamstring Injury

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Dodgers’ Justin Turner Exits NLCS Game 5 With Apparent Hamstring Injury

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Early Newspaper

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Wednesday’s NLCS Game 4 with leg injury. 

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Justin Turner, battling a hamstring injury, limping as he runs to first base and likely will be coming out of the game.

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Justin Turner helped walking down the dugout steps and leaves the dugout in pain.

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Chris Taylor now will play third base as Justin Turner leaves the game.

The 36-year-old had yet another solid season for the Dodgers, hitting .278 with 27 homers, 87 RBI, 87 runs and a .832 OPS. That was good enough to get him his second All-Star nod. He remains a key component of a loaded L.A. team that is again in “World Series or bust” mode. 

Turner has become a staple for the Dodgers, spending eight seasons with the team at the hot corner. In that time, he’s emerged as one of the game’s most reliable and productive third baseman, winning a title with the team in 2020. The Dodgers have never missed the postseason in his time with the team.

He’s largely been healthy this season, though left groin discomfort cost him a few games in August.

Look for Chris Taylor to start in place of Turner at third base, as he did back in August.

“I feel like if you can play short, you can play anywhere,” Taylor told reporters at the time.

He’ll be putting that to the test yet again while Turner is sidelined. 

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Dodgers’ Justin Turner Exits NLCS Game 5 With Apparent Hamstring Injury