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Franklin Gutierrez exits early with left hamstring injury

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers outfielder Franklin Gutierrez left Monday’s game against the Cubs in the second inning with a left hamstring injury, per Buster Olney on the ESPN broadcast.

Gutierrez walked against Jon Lester in the top of the second inning, then was thrown out trying to steal second base on a pitch that struck out Yasiel Puig swinging. Given how Gutierrez peeked back toward home plate while running to second, it appeared to be more of a hit-and-run than a straight steal, but the result was he was out, then out of the game.

Scott Van Slyke entered the game for Gutierrez in left field in the bottom of the second inning.

The Dodgers got Gutierrez to hit left-handed pitching this season, after the slugger hit .293/.368/.548 with 20 home runs in 329 plate appearances against southpaws in 2015-16 combined with the Mariners.

Monday was the fourth start of the season in eight games for Gutierrez, who is 3-for-13 (.231) with two doubles and a walk this season. All but one of his plate appearances have come against left-handed pitching.