Utley was let go by Los Angeles to set in motion his impending retirement.
Utley announced before the season ended that he'd be walking away from the game following the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, so the Dodgers issued his release to facilitate his official retirement. He spent the majority of his career with the Phillies and finishes with a .275/.358/.465 slash line over 1,937 games.
Utley (wrist) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
The veteran infielder rejoins the active roster on the league-wide expansion day. Utley owns a .240/.321/.342 line in 69 big-league games and will serve as utility depth down the stretch.
Utley was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with left wrist inflammation, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Utley will hit the shelf to make room on the 25-man roster for the return of Justin Turner from the disabled list. It's unclear if Utley's injury is overly serious, but more information on his status should emerge as he nears a return to action.
Utley will retire at the end of the 2018 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Utley is under contract for next season, but there was suspicion back when the contract was signed that 2018 might be his last year. The 39-year-old is still a competent bench player, but nothing more than that, having produced a below-average batting line for four straight seasons. He'll call it quits on an excellent career, one which includes six All-Star selections, a World Series (2008) and three National League pennants (2008, 2009, 2017). Over a 10-year stretch from 2005 to 2014, he was the second-best position player in baseball (behind only Albert Pujols) by both fWAR and bWAR. His 259 home runs rank seventh all-time among second basemen.
Utley (thumb) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game.
As expected, Utley will return to the fold after missing the past three weeks with a sprained left thumb. He is not listed in the Dodgers' starting lineup against the Mets on Friday but all indications point to him being available off the bench.
Utley (thumb) will return Friday against the Mets, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports.
Utley has been out all month with a sprained left thumb. Prior to the injury, the veteran was hitting just .216/.302/.324 with a homer and a pair of steals in 45 games. He'll likely return to a bench role when healthy.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Utley (thumb) would travel with the Dodgers ahead of Monday's series opener against the Cubs and could return from the disabled list at some point during the club's six-game road trip this week, Kaelen Jones of MLB.com reports.
Roberts noted that Utley looked "really good" while taking several at-bats in a simulated game Friday, so the 39-year-old should rejoin the Dodgers in short order without requiring a minor-league assignment. Utley will likely return to the active roster during the three-game series with Chicago and step in as the primary backup to Logan Forsythe at second base.
Utley (thumb) took batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Utley has been on the disabled list since May 30 with a left thumb sprain. While this is an encouraging step for the veteran infielder, he remains without a timetable for his possible return.
Utley was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left thumb sprain, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding roster move. It's unclear when Utley picked up the injury, or how long it will keep him sidelined, but he'll be eligible to return June 9 should he prove ready. The veteran second baseman was hitting .216/.302/.324 across 45 games prior to suffering the injury.
Utley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Utley will hit the bench for the fifth straight game, with two of those absences coming against right-handed pitching. It appears Utley's days as even a platoon player in the Dodgers infield might be over following the returns of Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe from the disabled list in mid-May.
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.
Utley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Utley started both ends of a doubleheader Saturday, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and four runs in the early game before being held without a hit in the nightcap. He'll get a breather in the series finale with lefty Ty Blach on the hill for San Francisco.
Utley went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a walk, four RBI and four runs scored in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants.
Utley was a big part of an offensive outburst that helped the Dodgers score 15 runs and bring home the win. He now owns a .327 batting average and .938 OPS over 53 plate appearances this season and should continue to see starts against right-handed hitters until Logan Forsythe (shoulder) is back in the fold.
Utley is not in the lineup Friday against the Giants, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
With southpaw Derek Holland taking the hill for San Francisco, Utley will retreat to the bench to avoid a lefty-on-lefty matchup. Austin Barnes will man the keystone in his stead.
Utley is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.
With the left-handed Dillon Peters taking the mound for the Marlins on Tuesday night, the Dodgers will look to get another righty in their lineup. Utley will head to the bench while Enrique Hernandez starts at second base and hits third.
Utley is not in the lineup Monday against the Marlins.
Utley has started against right-handed pitchers during his time as interim second baseman, so he'll head to the bench with lefty Jarlin Garcia taking the mound for Miami. Austin Barnes will man the keystone in his stead.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2013||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||2||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||2||8||3||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||.500||.556||.625|
|2015||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||1||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||--||0||0||.667||.750||.667|