Utley is out of the lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Utley will head to the bench with a lefty pitcher (Caleb Smith) on the mound for the second time in three days. Though he has regularly sat out against southpaws all season, Utley has seen steady playing time at the keystone since about mid-April due to his solid work against right-handed pitching. However, with Logan Forsythe having returned from the 10-day disabled list earlier this week and likely to step in as the Dodgers' preferred option at second base before long, Utley's starting opportunities could begin to dry up.
Utley is starting at the keystone and leading off Friday against righty Matt Harvey and the Reds, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Utley displaced Chris Taylor atop the lineup thanks to a .284/.384/.432 slash line against righties this season. He won't hit that high when he is in the lineup against lefties, but may continue to lead off against righties going forward as long as he continues to turn back the clock.
Utley is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Utley will take his usual spot on the bench with a southpaw (Patrick Corbin) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his stead, Austin Barnes will start at second base and hit sixth.
Utley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres. Utley appears to be in a strict platoon, and Sunday will be no exception with left-hander Eric Lauer on the hill for the opposing Padres. It will be Enrique Hernandez who gets the start at second base this time around, and he'll also man the two spot in the order.
Utley is not in the lineup against San Diego on Friday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. Utley will retreat to the bench with lefty Joey Lucchesi taking the mound for the Padres in Mexico while Austin Barnes gets the start at second base. Over 27 games this season, Utley is hitting .269/.375/.403 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI.
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