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Dodgers set to lock in Justin Turner at third base

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Whenever Justin Turner makes it back to playing every day, he will be the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman and nothing but.

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed Wednesday that he only has third base in mind for Turner, who has played as many as five positions in his career, a number that includes his one game in left field for the New York Mets in 2013.

Turner started 10 games at first base last year to give Adrian Gonzalez a rest, but Roberts does not seem willing to go that route this year.

“We're going to keep [Turner] over at third base,” Roberts said. “Things can change, but I don't see us deviating from that.”

The question now is whether or not Turner is ready for the start of the season. He is coming off of microfracture surgery on his left knee and could be a little bit behind his teammates as full-squad workouts begin Thursday.

Roberts said he will consider Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick at third base, if needed. While Enrique Hernandez does have some experience as a third baseman, he only figures to play middle infield this year, according to Roberts.

As for rookie Corey Seager, who could be moved to third base at some point as his career progresses, he is only being considered at shortstop this year.