When Justin Turner arrived at Dodgers camp to signal his new contract in mid-February, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman instructed the media to jokingly inform the third baseman to twirl within the Zoom room, so as to showcase his weight reduction.
Turner, who signed a two-year deal to stick with the group over the offseason, lately accomplished a Whole30 problem together with his spouse, Kourtney, so as to shed some weight. The Whole30 weight loss program contains consuming meals with no added sugars, no baked items or dairy.
A few of his teammates have joked with Turner, telling him he appears like half of himself.
“It went effectively,” Turner mentioned, when requested about his new weight loss program. “I feel I’m in a great place and it’s in all probability one thing that I’ll proceed consuming clear and I’ll nonetheless be consuming a whole lot of Whole30 meals, really.”
Turner mentioned he’s been making an attempt to get underneath 200 kilos for the final 4 or 5 years, however has had bother attaining his objective. He has plateaued at 201 or 202 kilos prior to now, he mentioned. With the Whole30 weight loss program, he famous that he was as little as 192 kilos. He’s now making an attempt to get again to his enjoying weight of round 200 kilos.
The reasoning behind the burden loss was easy. He wished to attempt to be sturdy sufficient to climate the course of a whole season. With Turner, the largest query mark over the previous couple of seasons has been his sturdiness. At age 36, there have been questions as to only how lengthy Turner may very well be the on a regular basis third baseman, particularly now that the Nationwide League might be enjoying with out a designated hitter in 2021.
“Your guys’ largest knock on me is that I don’t keep on the sector fairly often,” Turner mentioned, with a smile. “I’m simply making an attempt to be lighter, be extra cellular and be extra sturdy.”
With 10 days left till Opening Day, Turner feels the burden loss paying off. He mentioned, in contrast to prior to now, he didn’t really feel any soreness after enjoying seven innings in a Cactus League recreation. He’s made a couple of stellar defensive performs already this spring.
Offensively, Turner doesn’t really feel the burden loss will harm his energy, although he is aware of there might be questions on it if he doesn’t begin mashing balls within the first few weeks of the season. However a very powerful factor for the Dodgers is to maintain Turner wholesome into October. Edwin Ríos and Chris Taylor will each see time at third base this season, however a trim Turner hopes to be within the lineup as a rule.
“I feel I am trending in the correct route proper now and issues are beginning to come collectively,” Turner mentioned. “Offensively, I’m proper the place I have to be 10 days earlier than Opening Day.”
For 4 innings of Monday evening’s game with the Mariners, Trevor Bauer was dominant. He retired the primary 11 batters he confronted, hanging out 5 of them. Although he struggled together with his management early within the depend, Bauer had most of his pitches working in what was his second to final begin earlier than the beginning of the season.
However within the fifth inning, it was the Mariners who had been on the assault, hitting three residence runs off the reigning NL Cy Younger winner. Evan White obtained it began with a two-run homer that ricocheted off the batter’s eye. José Marmolejos adopted with a protracted blast of his personal to proper discipline. Two batters later, Mitch Haniger hit the third homer of the inning in opposition to Bauer.
Although he mentioned he wished to wash up falling behind within the depend, Bauer wasn’t involved with the ends in the fifth inning. As an alternative, he was happy due to what he did accomplish on the evening, throwing 86 pitches and getting 5 “ups.”
“I obtained precisely what I wished out of tonight,” Bauer mentioned. “I used to be actually good the primary couple of innings. I used to be touchdown curveballs for strikes. [The] slider was good. I felt like I used to be throwing the ball very well. I obtained what I wished out of it. The fifth inning, I used to be simply throwing pitches and there actually wasn’t any considered sequencing.”
Bauer’s final Spring Coaching begin will come on March 27 in opposition to the Indians.
• Whereas the Dodgers’ Spring Coaching rotation strains up Clayton Kershaw, Bauer and Walker Buehler, supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned the order of the rotation has not been decided for the primary sequence in opposition to the Rockies. Kershaw will start Opening Day, however they haven’t determined if Bauer or Buehler will get the second recreation.
• Brusdar Graterol will face dwell hitters in some unspecified time in the future over the subsequent few weeks, however he gained’t pitch in a Cactus League recreation, in accordance with Roberts. With out entering into any recreation motion, it seems nearly sure that Graterol will begin the season on the injured listing.
“Something is feasible,” Roberts mentioned. “But when we don’t see him in a Cactus League recreation, it’ll be unlikely that he’ll break [camp] with us.”