Turner was enjoying another productive season when he was placed on the IL (retroactively) on August 29 with a left hamstring strain. Turner has a .282/.384/.410 slash line and two home runs over 138 plate appearances, and while his slugging percentage is down from its usual standard, Statcast metrics indicate Turner is in the 92nd percentile in XSLG and is making as much hard contact as ever.
Looking bigger-picture, some good numbers over the season’s last two weeks would also help bolster Turner’s case going into free agency. Turner turns 36 in November and thus isn’t a candidate for a truly long-term contract, though there isn’t much evidence he is slowing down. Despite the Dodgers’ crowded infield situation, one would think that L.A. would still be interested in another new contract with Turner given the team’s obvious regard for his ability and their love of roster depth.
With Turner back, the Dodgers now have their full complement of position players healthy as they head towards another postseason berth. Turner is expected to resume his regular spot at third base, though it wouldn’t be a surprise if Los Angeles gives him a few extra DH days to ease him back into action.