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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (neck) not in Game 2 lineup

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 2021-10-17

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Justin Turner’s streak of 77 consecutive postseason starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers ended Sunday.

The veteran third baseman has a stinger in the right side of his neck and was not in the lineup for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series in Atlanta.

Chris Taylor was scheduled to start at the hot corner for Los Angeles.

Manager Dave Roberts said Turner’s injury occurred during batting practice before the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Braves in Game 1 on Saturday night.

“We did treat it, and he felt he wanted to give it a go and try to play through it,” Roberts said. “He couldn’t turn his head to the right. And got through the game, woke up feeling very similar.”

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Roberts said Turner could come off the bench for an at-bat on Sunday. He is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.

Turner, who singled and struck out twice in four at-bats in Game 1, has started every playoff game for the Dodgers since Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Turner batted .278 with 27 homers and 87 RBIs in 151 games during the regular season, but he is hitting just .107 with one homer and one RBI in seven postseason games.

–Field Level Media

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