LOS ANGELES — Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley exited Tuesday night’s game against the Giants dealing with a foot issue that he has been dealing with for some time.
"He's been maintenancing his foot for about a month,” manager Dave Roberts said. “That's why we had to get him out of the game. He couldn't stay on his feet any longer. Chase will be day to day.”
Utley didn’t start on Tuesday, but he singled as a pinch hitter and scored in the sixth inning. He played the seventh inning on defense, but was removed before the start of the eighth.
With a right-hander in Johnny Cueto on the mound on Wednesday night for San Francisco, Utley would normally start, though we’ll see tomorrow if that is the case.
Utley has started 91 of the Dodgers’ 95 games against right-handed pitchers in 2016.
Thursday starter announced
With the pregame roster attrition of putting starting pitchers Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, the Dodgers were without a starter for the series finale against the Giants.
But that TBD is no more. Ross Stripling, who was recalled as part of Tuesday’s roster moves, will start for the Dodgers on Thursday night.
The right-hander has a 4.04 ERA in 71⅓ innings for the Dodgers this year, with 53 strikeouts and 23 walks. This will be his 12th start.
Since returning to the majors on July 23, Stripling has a 3.16 ERA in six games, including three starts, with 19 strikeouts and five walks in 25⅔ innings.
Another day, another home run
Both Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin hit their first major league home run on Monday, and their second on Tuesday. Toles said he didn’t see Segedin’s second inning home run because he was in the bathroom.
Segedin didn’t see Toles’ eighth-inning shot because, having already been substituted out of the game, Segedin left to go to the hospital to be with his pregnant wife Robin.
“I don’t even think he showered,” Roberts noted.
As of a few minutes after the game ended, there was no word yet whether their baby boy Robinson had been born yet.
“She’s close,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers will see the fruits of their non-waiver trade deadline labor on Wednesday, activating Rich Hill to make his debut with the team. Cueto starts for the Giants in another 7:10 p.m. PT start, on both SportsNet LA and ESPN, the latter with no blackouts.