Chase Utley led off the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a home run, and hit the go-ahead RBI double (above) in the eighth inning. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Zack Greinke was scratched with a sore right calf muscle, so Carlos Frias started Wednesday instead and halted the Dodgers’ four-game losing streak with help from Chase Utley.
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The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in extra innings, so the Dodgers lead the second-place Giants by seven games with 11 to play.
The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is 5. The earliest they can clinch outright is Saturday. Because the Giants’ game against the Oakland A’s begins at 1 p.m. PT, and the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies begins at 5 p.m., it’s possible the Dodgers can clinch the division before they set foot on the field.
Zack Greinke is 18-3 with a 1.65 earned-run average this season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Zack Greinke will not start for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a sore right calf, the team announced, though he is not expected to miss more than one start.
PHILADELPHIA — Pitcher Carlos Frias experienced a back issue during his latest start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday night and was removed after one inning as a precaution.
Frias was making his third start for the Dodgers’ top affiliate since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 1.
Curiously, the Dodgers did not announce that Frias had been activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Oklahoma City at the time it happened. According to the transactions page on the team’s website, Frias was optioned Sunday.
So, the right-hander had been medically cleared to rejoin the Dodgers when he took the mound Wednesday night. That makes the latest setback at least somewhat more surprising.
Mike Bolsinger was removed from his start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday because he was struck on the forearm by a line drive. He’s expected to make his next start. Frias and Bolsinger are currently the team’s sixth and seventh starters.
Dodgers pitchers Carlos Frias (back) and Chris Hatcher (oblique), both on the 15-day disabled list, will continue their rehab assignments with Triple-A Oklahoma City in the coming week.
NEW YORK — Carlos Frias is scheduled to throw 50 pitches today for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, his first minor league rehab appearance since he was sidelined with back stiffness earlier this month.
Frias was in the Dodgers’ starting rotation when he suffered the injury, but he is not guaranteed of going back into the rotation when he returns.
“It could be anywhere,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It could be in the rotation, it could be in the bullpen. You never know where Carlos could end up.”