Trea Turner injury update: ‘He’s doing really well’ says Rob Thomson

Philadelphia Phillies’ Trea Turner, right, scores on the pass ball as San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jordan Hicks, left, tries to make the tag during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

It’s no doubt that Phillies shortstop Trea Turner is a major key to their lineup. When he was taken out of the game on May 3rd against the Giants, Turner was hitting .343 and off to the best start of a season in his career. He recorded his 13th multi-hit game before tweaking his hamstring scoring from 2nd on a passed ball after a walk.

He couldn’t slide past the injured list like he does tags. The prognosis was at least 6 weeks on the IL with a left hamstring strain.

Lately, Trea Turner has been seen before games working on fielding drills and even running. Just 2 weeks into his IL stay, he’s in good spirits and, more importantly, looking healthy.

Could Trea Turner beat the 6-week return time?

Possibly, but it’s hard to say at this juncture.

“We’re still in the built-up part [of recovery],” said manager Rob Thomson. “It’s really just making sure that he doesn’t have a reinjury, so we have to rebuild him up properly.”

When asked if Thomson is encouraged by where Turner is in his recovery he said “He’s really doing well.”

Thomson also mentioned that Truner will most likely need a rehab stint in the minors before returning. A quick stint with one of the Phillies’ upper minors teams could add up to a week to his return date.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Trea Turner scores on an RBI single by Nick Castellanos during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

While nothing is certain, Turner could definitely beat the 6-week timetable with how he has looked before games.

The sooner the Phillies can get their 2-hole hitter back, the better. His presence in the Phillies lineup is why the team has averaged the most runs scored per game in baseball. They just edge out the Dodgers 5.27-5.20 for the top spot.

So far in his Phillies career, Turner has hit .280 with a .791 OPS. Since his famous standing ovation on August 4th, 2023, he’s hit .339.

AP Photo/Chris Szagola