The Los Angeles Dodgers activated third baseman Justin Turner off the disabled list on Thursday, two weeks after he was sidelined by an MRSA infection on his right leg. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his return to the lineup, a 10–3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
In a corresponding roster move, the Dodgers optioned second baseman Jose Peraza to Triple A Oklahoma City.
Turner had not played since July 26, missing 14 games because of the infection. He was hospitalized briefly after it became a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. If not treated, MRSA can spread to the bones and joints and get into the blood stream.
"It felt good. Good to be back out there and get a nice greeting from the fans, which was nice," Turner said after the game. "It almost felt like the first game of the season."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Turner would be in the lineup on Friday as the four-game set against the Reds continues. Mattlingly also said that Turner will play some second base while Howie Kendrick is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Turner, 30, is batting .323 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs in 88 games this season for Los Angeles (64–51), which is just 13–12 since the All-Star break and still holds a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants.
- Scooby Axson