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Dodgers: Chase Utley Placed on Disabled List

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Jul 26, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pinch hitter Chase Utley (26) is hit by a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There was a bit of drama at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. With Justin Turner returning from the DL, this left the Dodgers with 26 players on the active roster. Until about two hours prior to first pitch, nobody knew who would be headed to the disabled list in order to make way for Turner. Just past five o’clock, we got our answer.

According to Dave Roberts, it came down to Utley or a relief pitcher. This appears to be one of those “fake” DL stints, where a player isn’t truly hurt, but needs to make room for a player. On the year, Utley is hitting .240/.321/.342. With the acquisition of Brian Dozier, the Dodgers have a handful of players who will be fighting for playing time.

Analysis

As mentioned, this looks like Chase Utley is taking one for the team. If he really does have inflammation in his wrist, hopefully it heals soon, as he has only about two months left in the regular season. Knowing Chase, he probably volunteered for the DL stint. It will be interesting to see what the Dodgers do in 10 days when Utley comes back. LA has a plethora of depth, probably the deepest team they have had in years. But hey, I guess this is a good problem to have, right?

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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  1. Actually he doesn’t have to come off the dl in 10 days. They can keep him there until someone else gets hurt. And I’m going to guess that he, like all players, has been playing with a few aches and pains. That’s how they can claim he’s hurt and get the Dr. to sign off on it.

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