After missing back-to-back games with a hamstring injury, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Astros.
Puig left Tuesday’s game after legging out a single in the eighth inning. An MRI revealed what was reported as a “very mild” strain of his right hamstring, but fortunately it’s not as serious as the left hamstring strain which cost him about five weeks earlier this season.
Puig electrified (and polarized) over his first two seasons in the majors, but this year has been a struggle for him. He’s batting just .250 with 10 home runs and a .754 OPS over 284 plate appearances.
Update (10:43 PM EST): Jimmy Rollins hit a deep fly ball to right field to lead off the ninth inning, but it was tracked down by Jake Marisnick. New Dodger Chase Utley hit another fly ball to Marisnick which required much less effort to corral. For the final out of the no-hitter, Fiers got Justin Turner to strike out to end the game.
In Fiers’ nine shutout, hitless innings, he walked three and struck out 10 on 134 pitches.
Update (10:25 PM EST): Fiers struck out Carl Crawford, Enrique Hernandez, and Joc Pederson consecutively to get through the eighth inning. He’s at 120 pitches and has struck out the last five batters he has faced.
Astros starter Mike Fiers has no-hit the Dodgers through seven innings. He has walked three and struck out six on 107 pitches.
The Astros have given Fiers three runs of support, coming on two home runs. Jake Marisnick went yard with a man aboard in the second inning against Brett Anderson, and Evan Gattis tacked on a solo shot off of Anderson in the sixth.
Fiers is attempting to become the first pitcher to complete a no-hitter for the Astros since Darryl Kyle on September 8, 1993. The Astros had a combined no-hitter involving Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner on June 11, 2003.
We’ll keep you updated as Fiers attempts to keep the Dodgers off the board in the final two innings. The Astros acquired Fiers along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers on July 30 in exchange for Domingo Santana and minor leaguers Brett Phillips, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser.
Alberto Callaspo is the odd man out in the Dodgers’ never-ending roster churn, as the veteran infielder was designated for assignment and dropped from the 40-man roster.
Acquired from the Braves in May as part of the Juan Uribe trade, Callaspo hit just .260 with zero homers and a .637 OPS in 60 games for the Dodgers.
He’s not a true utility infielder in that he can’t play shortstop and typically isn’t trusted to play second base. And he’s not a particularly good corner infield option because Callaspo has a lifetime .693 OPS.
Word had already come down before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and Blue Jays that Chase Utley was being traded to the Dodgers, but Utley elected to hang around with his Phillies teammates for the night. Now, after a 7-4 win in which Utley did not appear, the full details of the trade are out …
Los Angeles will cover around $2 million of the $6 million Utley was still owed by the Phillies. The 36-year-old can handle second base until Howie Kendrick returns from a hamstring injury and then operate as a veteran bench bat for the stretch run. Utley has slashed just .217/.284/.333 in 73 total games this season, but he’s been showing strong signs of life since returning 11 days ago from an ankle injury.
Darnell Sweeney, a 13th-round pick in 2012, is hitting .271/.332/.409 in 116 games this year at the Triple-A level. He is 24 years old. John Richy, a third-round pick in 2013, has a 4.20 ERA over 124 1/3 innings this season in High-A ball. He just turned 23. These aren’t really intriguing prospects.
Read more on Utley’s lasting legacy in Philadelphia at CSNPhilly.com.
Yesterday Ruben Amaro said that Chase Utley was likely to remain with the Phillies for the rest of the season. That was yesterday. Today he’s on his way to Los Angeles to join the Dodgers.
Ken Rosenthal first reported that a trade was possible today with Todd Zolecki then reporting that the Dodgers were the team with whom the Dodgers were negotiating. Jon Heyman just reported that the deal is all but done, and that it will involve the Phillies sending Utley plus $2 million to the Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers, yet to be identified.
Utley, of course, has spent his entire career in Philadelphia, where he has batted .282/.366/.481 in thirteen seasons. The heart and soul of the Phillies offense, he was the leader and star of teams which went to the playoffs every year between 2007 and 2011, winning the World Series in 2008 and another NL pennant in 2009.
But the Phillies’ competitiveness has since waned, as has Utley’s health. With the team in full rebuild mode, it became inevitable that Utley’s time in Philly was coming to an end, be it in a trade this season or in the Phillies declining to bring him back in 2016.
Now Utley, whose bat has come back to life since coming off of the disabled list, is back in a pennant race. This time with the Dodgers, where he’ll man second base until Howie Kendrick comes back and then likely assume a utility and pinch-hitting role.