Dodgers fans have gotten used to holding their breath whenever Justin Turner comes to the plate. Practically standing on top of the plate, JT has long been the victim of man pitches that travel too far inside.
On Tuesday night, Turner broke a Dodgers franchise record that he probably thought he would never reach. In fact, there aren’t many who would like to reach this mark. Turner was plunked for the 74th time in his career with Los Angeles, passing up Zach Wheat on the all-time list.
That’s the 74th time that Justin Turner has been hit by a pitch — a new franchise record.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 5, 2020
Wheat played with the Dodgers for 18 years from 1909 to 1926. In his best (worst?) year, he was hit 7 times in two different seasons. Turner has been with the team for only 7 years and was hit 19 times in 2017.
In terms of all-time for Major League Baseball, Turner probably isn’t getting close to the leader. Hughie Jennings was hit 287 times throughout his Hall of Fame career. Turner sits at a total of 89 in his time with the Dodgers, Mets, and Orioles.
Dodgers Injury Updates
The Dodgers currently have several guys on the roster nursing minor injuries. Mookie Betts has a swollen finger that has required him to sit out the last two games but is expected in the lineup today. Edwin Rios took a ball off of his big toe and had to have the blood drained from his toenail. Corey Seager is expected back in the field after a sore calf held him to DH’ing.