Turner could be out slightly longer than expected

Turner could be out slightly longer than expected

PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly backpeddled just a bit on the return date for third baseman Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list.

The Dodgers initially believed that Turner, out with a skin infection on his right thigh, would miss the minimum 15 days and return on Tuesday. On Friday, Mattingly said Turner has just begun to hit off a tee and he extended the return date to "that day or within a day or two of that."

Mattingly said Turner was shut down entirely for 10 days and "we didn't think it would be that long. Now he's got to get back in shape to be ready."

Signed as a non-roster invite to the 2014 Spring Training for a utility role, Turner has emerged as a key player in the lineup, prompting the trade of Juan Uribe. In his absence, Alberto Callaspo and Alex Guerrero have shared starting duties.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.