CINCINNATI — Alberto Callaspo, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 19, was released from his contract Thursday.
Callaspo had a .206 batting average with the Atlanta Braves when he was acquired in the Juan Uribe trade in May. He batted .260 with a .336 on-base percentage in 60 games with the Dodgers, mostly as a backup third baseman.
The 32-year-old from Venezuela was cut to make room for second baseman Chase Utley, making Alex Guerrero the primary backup to Justin Turner.
CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez left the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds with a right knee contusion. He was replaced in the bottom of the fifth inning by Scott Van Slyke and is day-to-day, according to the team.
Gonzalez appeared to foul a pitch off his knee in the third inning against Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.
Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs this season. He was 0-for-2 in the game when he was removed and is batting .247 in the month of August.
CINCINNATI — Prior to today’s game against the Reds, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about sitting Kiké Hernandez for the first time on the eight-game road trip, what it would mean to sweep the three-game series against the Reds:
He also discussed the “sense of urgency” message propagated by Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, which seems to have carried into Cincinnati: