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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Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez pose for a fake “selfie” after Gonzalez’s three-run home run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Justin Turner reminded the Dodgers what they’d been missing during his time on the disabled list Friday, delivering the go-ahead RBI in a four-run, two-out rally in Friday’s win over the Reds. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.