LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner is eligible to return from the disabled list on Monday.
The Dodgers, though, will not activate the veteran third baseman.
Turner, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 19 for a Grade I strained right hamstring, will need at least one minor league rehabilitation assignment before he returns to the major-league club, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday.
“We’re not going to rush him at all,” Roberts said.
Turner injured his hamstring as he rounded third base during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on May 18.
He was at the time hitting .379, a batting average that has remained tops in the majors.
On Friday, Roberts said it would be up to Turner whether he needed a rehab assignment, leaving open the possibility that he could be activated as soon as Monday, when the Dodgers are scheduled to open a seven-game trip in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
Asked if Turner had suffered a setback, Roberts said, “No. Every day he’s shown improvement.”
He was still throwing, swinging in the batting cage, and running — up to 50 percent according to Roberts.
It is unclear if he will need more than one rehab game or when the first would take place.
“He’s still kind of a ways from trying to pinpoint a date,” Roberts said.
There is a small possibility Turner could be activated at a later point during the upcoming trip, including the three-game weekend set in Milwaukee against the Brewers. That scenario, Roberts said, “might be realistic.”
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