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Trea Turner injury update: Phillies to activate shortstop on Monday for first time since early May


The Philadelphia Phillies will activate shortstop Trea Turner ahead of Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres, according to what manager Rob Thomson told reporters on Sunday Turner, 30, has not appeared for the Phillies since May 3 after suffering a significant hamstring strain. At the time, he was expected to miss at least six weeks. That timeline proved to be on the money, as last Friday represented the six-week mark. 

It’s notable that Turner has not engaged in a rehab assignment. Rather, he’ll return to the Phillies lineup with no game action since the injury occurred. (Players who miss that much time generally play at least a few minor league games in an effort to regain their timing.)

Prior to suffering the injury, Turner was off to a tremendous start to the season. He had batted .343/.392/.460 (144 OPS+) with two home runs and 10 stolen bases (on 11 tries) in 33 games. His contributions were estimated to be worth 1.6 Wins Above Replacement, per Baseball Reference’s calculations. 

During Turner’s absence, the Phillies leaned on veteran utility player Edmundo Sosa. Sosa subsequently did his best Turner impression, slashing .280/.343/.512 (142 OPS+) this season with five home runs and two stolen bases.

The Phillies had a 22-11 record the last time Turner suited up for the big-league team. They entered Sunday with a 47-23 mark — or 25-12 during Turner’s absence. The Phillies have the best record in the National League, as well as the largest division lead (eight games) in Major League Baseball.

The Phillies will have to make a corresponding roster move before they can officially add Turner back to the active roster.

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