This is Part 19 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Alex Guerrero had three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .490 slugging percentage as a pinch hitter in 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Key stats: 106 games, 230 PA (52 as a pinch hitter), .233/.261/.434 slash line.
Seinfeld episode: “The Beard.” (Season 6, Episode 16)
Key quote: “You think you can get him to just change teams? He’s not going to suddenly switch sides. Forget about it.”
PHOENIX — Alex Guerrero had an MRI exam on his left leg one day after the utilityman exited the Dodgers’ 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a strain.
Manager Don Mattingly didn’t have the results of the MRI available during his pregame media scrum, but Guerrero took ground balls and batting practice on Saturday afternoon.
The strain is apparently between Guerrero’s calf and hamstring, “behind the knee there,” Mattingly said.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis checks on home plate umpire Jim Wolf after Wolf was struck in the mask by a foul ball in the second inning. Wolf eventually left the game. (Getty Images)
PHOENIX — The Dodgers lost 12-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Alex Guerrero left the game with a strained left calf.
The box score is here.
Minor league field coordinator Clayton McCullough is with the Dodgers this weekend. He reflected on seeing Corey Seager and Jose Peraza play together for the first at shortstop and second base with Triple-A Oklahoma City in August.
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 — 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.”