The rest of the Dodgers’ trade deadline order has been delivered. Treat Turner cleared COVID protocols Friday and was activated by the Dodgers, joining pitcher Max Scherzer in making the move from the Washington Nationals during a trade for four prospects. Turner wasn’t within the starting lineup on Friday but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Turner will enter his new home on Saturday – second base. “When Corey (Seager) gets each day off, then we’ll slide Trea over then back over to the second base,” Roberts said. A shortstop for many of his career, Turner has played second base at the major-league level, starting six games there in 2015 then 25 as a rookie in 2016. He also played center field in 2016 but has been exclusively at shortstop over the past five seasons.
“I think that obviously, his choice is – he sees himself as a shortstop as he should,” Roberts said. “But understanding our roster, second base certainly is sensible to him and he feels and understands it gives us the simplest chance to win a championship,” Roberts said he and the president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman both talked to Turner on Friday, welcoming him to the team and raising the awkward topic of moving from his preferred position. “Obviously we view him as a premier shortstop, somebody player within the game, but we value Corey at shortstop, and Trea’s potential versatility together with his athleticism allows for a few various things,” Roberts said. “So his preference and thought was to remain on the dirt (and not move to the outfield) – which makes complete sense to me. in order that was quite that.”
Turner’s arrival will impact the remainder of the everyday lineup. there’ll be little playing time on the infield for Chris Taylor now, but Roberts said he expects Taylor to play center field and left field. Taylor also will start taking ground balls at third base, where he could potentially spell Justin Turner occasionally. There will even be less playing time for Cody Bellinger, mired during a season-long slump following shoulder surgery and two trips to the injured list with leg injuries. Bellinger wasn’t within the starting lineup Friday night, the second time in four games Roberts had benched him against a left-handed pitcher . “Well, I think, right now, we’ve tons of excellent players,” Roberts said. “In the near term, I see Cody playing against right-handers. We’ve got tons of excellent options to play against some lefties, as you’ll see tonight.
“Every single night there’s getting to be an excellent player that’s not getting the beginning. That’s just quite where we’re at. I’ll share playing time with the workload. But immediately where we’re at on the schedule, we’ve to win baseball games. We’re four games back within the loss column and we’ve needed to win. So every single night, with reference to workload and workload management, I want to place the simplest guys out there that I feel could win a ballgame.” Right-hander Jimmy Nelson’s season is over. The reliever’s long medical record will add a replacement chapter – he will undergo Tommy John surgery and a flexor tendon repair.
The 31-year-old Nelson has already missed two seasons following injuries. He suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2017 and missed all of 2018 while recovering from that and a related elbow injury. Last season, he sat out following back surgery. When healthy enough to pitch this season, Nelson was an efficient option out of the bullpen, going 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 29 innings. Moving Nelson to the 60-day IL cleared a 40-man roster spot for Turner. Also Friday, the Dodgers placed left-hander Victor Gonzalez on the IL with right knee inflammation, making room on the active roster for Turner.
This is Gonzalez’s second trip to the IL and he has struggled together with his command when activated. Over his past 11 appearances, he has faced 46 batters in nine innings. Nearly half of them have reached base – 15 hits (including two home runs), six walks, and one hit batter. The Dodgers haven’t stopped collecting pitching even with the in-season trade deadline passed. Earlier in the week, they signed former All-Star Cole Hamels to a major-league contract for the rest of the season. and that they have also signed former Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano to a minor-league contract. Tropeano, 30, was designated for assignment by the NY Mets last week and cleared waivers. instead of accepting a minor-league assignment, Tropeano elected to become a free agent. Tropeano pitched just eight innings for the Giants and Mets this season, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out two.