The Los Angeles Dodgers have their backs against the wall in the NLCS down 1-3 to the Atlanta Braves. If the Dodgers are to pull off a spirited comeback to get back to the World Series, they’ll need to do it without Justin Turner.
The Dodgers third baseman tried to beat out a double play but ended up aggravating his hamstring on the way to first base.
Justin Turner's hamstring appears to act up while he's running down the line. pic.twitter.com/TapUt5FQue
— Zak (@CaramelPhd) October 21, 2021
A clearly dejected Justin Turner could tell the severity of the injury was something that would be tough to overcome. The Dodgers star was seen grimacing in pain as he hobbled back to the clubhouse, Albert Pujols by his side.
Albert Pujols went back to the clubhouse with Justin Turner for moral support as he exited with a hamstring injury pic.twitter.com/nlqiQ2qEA7
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 21, 2021
Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts spoke out after the game, indicating that it’s looking like a grade 2 hamstring strain which would end his postseason run.
“Early indication is it’s a grade 2 (hamstring strain) so I think that’ll be it for him (in this postseason).”
#Dodgers Dave Roberts on Justin Turner injury: “Early indication is it’s a grade 2 (hamstring strain) so I think that’ll be it for him (in this postseason).”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 21, 2021
Losing Justin Turned is a massive emotional blow for an LA side that needs every ounce of strength to overcome yet another 3-1 deficit. After all, he’s one of the longest tenured Dodgers on the roster and is the franchise leader in postseason home runs.
But rest assured he’ll be behind his teammates as much as he can. Despite having their backs against the wall, the Dodgers still have fight in them yet.