Chase Utley hit two home runs for the Dodgers in his first game ever in Philadelphia as a visiting player. (Getty Images)
Chase Utley hit two home runs Tuesday, including a grand slam, in his first game as a visiting player in Philadelphia. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 15-5 and took over first place later in the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.
Utley, 37, said he wants to play next year.
The latest adjustment to the Dodgers’ starting rotation will see Ross Stripling start Thursday in Philadelphia, followed by Bud Norris Friday in Cincinnati and Brett Anderson on Saturday.
Brett Anderson falls to the mound in the first inning in futile pursuit of a ground ball. He sprained his wrist on the play. (Getty Images)
In his first game of the season, Brett Anderson allowed five runs before a wrist injury knocked him out of the game, and the Dodgers lost 11-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The box score is here.
Josh Fields stopped throwing two of his four pitches when he was traded to the Dodgers.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was removed one inning into his first start of the season Sunday.
Anderson allowed a two-run home run by Jordy Mercer and a three-run blast by Sean Rodriguez, and left with the Dodgers trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0.
Anderson had not pitched this season while recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. He threw 30 pitches in a first inning that lasted 17 minutes.
Bud Norris, who threw 5 ⅔ innings Saturday in a rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, will start for the Dodgers Thursday in Philadelphia, manager Dave Roberts said.
Norris made only one rehab start after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits for Rancho Cucamonga, throwing 46 strikes among 59 pitches. His fastball topped out at 96 mph.
He’s effectively taking the rotation spot held by Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday with stiffness in his right hip.
Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir are starting Tuesday and Wednesday against the Phillies, respectively.
The Dodgers will keep Julio Urias and Ross Stripling on the active roster as long relievers along with Brock Stewart, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier Sunday. Stewart took over for Brett Anderson after one inning Sunday.
Justin Turner was held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup for a second consecutive game because of a swollen right hand. Turner suffered the injury when he was jammed by a fastball in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“There’s a much better chance of getting him back in the lineup Tuesday instead of trying to play him today and re-aggravate it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts said that Turner’s injury is not serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. Turner, the Dodgers’ primary number-3 hitter and third baseman, is hitting .274 with a .341 on-base percentage. He’s hit 21 home runs in 110 games, establishing a new career high.