ATLANTA -- Third baseman Justin Turnerwas not in the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for the beginning of Game 2 of the NL Championship Series Sunday because of a stinger on the right side of his neck.
Turner, a Dodgers stalwart who has played in 80 postseason games, aggravated his neck in batting practice before Game 1. He went 1-for-4, but manager Dave Roberts said he could tell Turner was bothered during Los Angeles' 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
All that said, Turner entered the game as a pinch hitter Sunday, and was hit by a pitch in his arm, in the top of the seventh inning with two on and two out and the game tied, 2-2.
"We tried to treat it. We did treat it, and he felt that he wanted to give it a go and try to play through it," Roberts said. "He couldn't turn his head to the right. And got through the game, woke up feeling very similar, so I think that, obviously, Justin will do anything we ask, but I just don't think it's right to put him in that spot and, for us as a club, and I think we have other options, also."
Chris Taylorstarted at third base, but Roberts said Turner would mostly likely be back in the lineup for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Turner hit .050 in the NL Division Series against San Francisco, but Roberts said recent difficulties did not play into his thinking to keep Turner on the bench.
"Certainly when guys are struggling, it's a combo," Roberts said. "It's the chase, and when you do get pitches to handle you're not finishing the at-bat. So I think that's what's happening to Justin. I think a lot of our guys are a little bit caught in between on velocity versus spin. So it's more about just the mindset of being aggressive in your zone and what you're good at, and everything outside of that, try not to offer at it."
Turner, who has spent eight years with Los Angeles, hit .278 with 27 homers and 87 RBIs in 151 games during the regular season. He has gone 3-for-28 with one homer and seven strikeouts in the Dodgers' seven postseason games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
3B Justin Turner, nursing a neck injury, pinch hits for Los Angeles Dodgers during NLCS Game 2
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