Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning with an apparent calf injury. Turner pulled up lame going into second base on a double that scored Andre Ethier.
Turner has been battling the sore calf since June 12. He was back in the starting lineup for the first time since then on Friday night.
There is no official word yet on the extent of the injury, but since it has been a recurring issue, a trip to the disabled list seems likely.
Turner was replaced in tonight’s contest by Miguel Rojas. He would score on an A.J. Ellis double during the next at bat.
Turner’s double gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the second; a lead that would grow to 7-0 before the Dodgers were retired in the inning. Dee Gordon added an RBI double, Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single and Matt Kemp added an RBI single. Andre Ethier also doubled in a run. Yes, the same Andre Ethier that led off the inning with a walk.
The Cardinals got on the board in the third inning with a solo home run by second baseman Matt Carpenter.
Zack Greinke is pitching well so far for Los Angeles. He has gone 6.1 innings, giving up the one run on the Carpenter homer, and struck out nine.
The same cannot be said for Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. He wass been tagged for six earned runs in only two innings of work, and seems in line for the loss.
The Dodgers still have a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth.