Dodgers release veteran third baseman Alberto Callaspo.

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.

Chase Utley’s attempt at playing third base begins with a baby step.

CINCINNATI — Chase Utley might not play third base anytime soon for the Dodgers. Fact is, he doesn’t know if or when that will happen at all.

But if every journey begins with a single step, Utley is maybe a couple steps closer to playing third base than he was when he joined the Dodgers a week ago. Third base coach Ron Roenicke hit ground balls to Utley at third base, with bench coach Tim Wallach watching closely and Don Mattingly receiving the ball at first base, for less than 10 minutes before Wednesday’s game.

“It went fine,” Utley affirmed. “That’s my first time taking ground balls over there in probably a few years. It was short and sweet. Just talked with Wallach a little bit about his ideas on playing the position. Made a few throws. We’ll continue to make progress.”
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Justin Turner’s return from a skin infection could be delayed 1-2 days.

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero is expected to start tomorrow in Justin Turner’s absence. (Associated Press photo)

PITTSBURGH — Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has resumed baseball activities, manager Don Mattingly said, but his return from a skin infection could be pushed back until the middle of next week.
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