Dodgers struck by Turner setback

22 October 2021 22:01:13 GMTPlus11
Turner out for National League Championship series

LA Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is out for the National League Championship series after being sidelined by a grade two hamstring strain.

Relief pitcher Joe Kelly will miss the remainder of the postseason with a right biceps strain after he exited the Dodgers' 11-2 game five victory during the first inning.

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The Dodgers are 10000/1 to retain their World Series and despite the injuries they were able to get right back in the series with the victory.

Chris Taylor tied a postseason record with three home runs as Los Angeles are trying to become the 15th team to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3-1 and the fifth to do so after trailing both 2-0 and 3-1.

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Burns steps up

The Dodgers will have to do without Turner for the time being and his place on the roster has been taken by infielder Andy Burns.

The Main reason the 31-year-old has been selected according to team manager Dave Roberts is because Burns is right-handed. He was signed as a minor-league free agent in December and hasn't played in a MLB game since June.

Kelly's injury is a blow to the bullpen, he had posted a 2.86 ERA in 48 appearances during the regular season and he had become a critical middle-innings piece in front of Los Angeles' back-end trio of Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen. It's likely that David Price will replace Kelly on the roster.

Roberts spoke to the official Dodgers website and said: "We're considering some guys. But David is obviously at the top of that list.

"I guess when our backs are against the wall, we play our best and fight. But that's just not an ideal spot to be in, even right now, an elimination game in game six, but I guess it brings out the best in us."

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