Skin infection on leg lands Turner on DL

Dodgers third baseman will be shut down until wound heals

Skin infection on leg lands Turner on DL

LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to July 27, with a right-thigh skin infection.

Turner was in the emergency room Tuesday to treat the infection with antibiotics but was released from the hospital before the end of Tuesday's game against the A's. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't expand on any diagnosis and didn't have an explanation as to how the infection occurred.

"He's going to need extended time from the standpoint of taking care of this thing," Mattingly said. "{Trainer} Stan [Conte] was talking another six or seven days before he can even start doing stuff. This thing has to get closed, it's got to get healed before we even start doing anything."

Turner is hitting .323 this season with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. While he's on the mend, Turner will have to completely sit out of all workouts and baseball activities until the infection clears up, then he will need a few days before being activated, according to Mattingly.

"He can't do anything right now. That's part of the issue. He can't do anything for X amount of days, until this thing closes up," Mattingly said. "It's not so much strength as much as making sure this thing doesn't go in a different direction and making sure this infection doesn't go anywhere."

Alex Guerrero and Alberto Callaspo will fill in for Turner at third base, with Guerrero taking the majority of the at-bats, according to Mattingly, and Callaspo appearing in matchup situations.

Guerrero is hitting .241 on the season, but is in a 1-for-19 slump in July. Callaspo is hitting .228 this year in 82 games, although his average jumps to .256 in 45 games for Los Angeles since being acquired from the Braves.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.