Forsythe is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Forsythe's subpar season churns on, as the veteran second baseman is hitting just .231 during the month of August and has lowered his season average to .236. He'll get the day off with Chase Utley manning the keystone and batting fifth in his absence.
Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Thursday's 8-6 win over the Diamondbacks. The veteran second baseman has been an on-base machine since the calendar flipped to August, drawing eight free passes in seven starts this month. While Forsythe is walking a career-best 16.6 percent of the time, he is also striking out at a career-worst 26.8 percent rate, leading to a .240 batting average that is not being negatively affected by his BABIP (.337). It's crazy to think that the Dodgers would bench Forsythe when Adrian Gonzalez (back) returns from the disabled list in September, but he has clearly been the weak link in an explosive offense. The club hasn't hinted at this possibility, but it would be the most logical configuration to get Gonzalez back into the lineup with Cody Bellinger moving to left field and Chris Taylor manning the keystone. Gonzalez isn't expect to return until the beginning of September, so Forsythe has a few weeks to turn things around at the plate -- otherwise he may find himself on the short side of a platoon at second.
Forsythe is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Despite reaching base safely in all six games he's started this month, Forsythe will head to the bench for what appears to be a routine day off. Chase Utley is set to start at the keystone in his stead, batting sixth.
Forsythe is not in Friday's lineup against the Mets, JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Forsythe receives a standard day off after starting the past seven games, going 4-for-24 with two RBI and nine strikeouts during that span. While he spends the night on the bench to clear his head, Chase Utley draws the start at second base.
Forsythe is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Forsythe has just four hits in his past 21 at-bats, so he'll get another night off Tuesday. Chase Utley will man second base in his stead.
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