Dodgers sec­ond base­man Ut­ley to re­tire at end of year

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - BASEBALL -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Chase Ut­ley will re­tire at the end of this sea­son, cap­ping a 16-year ca­reer that in­cluded a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship with Philadel­phia and an el­der states­man role with the Dodgers.

The six-time All-Star said he’s leav­ing to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.

“I’m ready to be a full-time dad,” he said.

Ut­ley an­nounced his decision at a jammed news con­fer­ence in the bow­els of Dodger Sta­dium on Fri­day, with sev­eral of his team­mates sur­pris­ing him by crowd­ing into the small, steamy room.

“I just want you guys to know that I’ve signed a five-year ex­ten­sion,” Ut­ley dead­panned, draw­ing laugh­ter from man­ager Dave Roberts, Ken­ley Jansen, Justin Turner, Alex Wood, An­drew Toles, Joc Ped­er­son, Lo­gan Forsythe and Ross Stripling.

The 2019 sea­son would have been the fi­nal year of a $2 mil­lion, two-year con­tract for Ut­ley.

The 39-year-old sec­ond base­man made his name with the Phillies, earn­ing five All-Star berths and win­ning four Sil­ver Slug­ger awards. He helped the team to a World Se­ries ti­tle in 2008, com­bin­ing with short­stop Jimmy Rollins as a stand­out dou­ble-play duo.

Ut­ley has a .276 ca­reer av­er­age with 259 home runs. He is renowned for his base-steal­ing abil­ity, with 153 steals in 175 at­tempts.

Pu­jols goes to DL

A day af­ter ty­ing Ken Grif­fey Jr. on the all-time homer list with his 630th ca­reer blast, Al­bert Pu­jols went on the 10-day dis­abled list with left knee in­flam­ma­tion.

Pu­jols is hit­ting .252 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs for the sea­son. The 38-year-old’s av­er­age, on-base per­cent­age and slug­ging per­cent­age are all up af­ter a tough 2017 sea­son. Pu­jols is within range of record­ing his 15th sea­son with at least 100 RBIs, which would break his tie with Alex Ro­driguez for the most such sea­sons in his­tory.

Klu­ber re­ceives knee in­jec­tion

CLEVE­LAND — Corey Klu­ber’s stel­lar first half ended with a sud­den stop.

Cleve­land’s ace re­ceived an in­jec­tion in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game. But more im­por­tantly, the Indians are hop­ing it will al­low the right-han­der to con­tinue lead­ing their ro­ta­tion af­ter the break — and be­yond.

Klu­ber got the shot in his knee Fri­day, a day af­ter the two-time Cy Young win­ner gave up two runs in the eighth in­ning in a loss to the Yankees. The AL Cen­tral-lead­ing Indians said the right-han­der will need at least one week to re­cover, and he’s not ex­pected to make his next start un­til July 23 against Pitts­burgh.

Klu­ber has been re­placed on the AL All-Star ros­ter by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell. While Klu­ber’s knee is­sue doesn’t ap­pear to be se­ri­ous, the Indians aren’t tak­ing any chances.

Klu­ber took his fifth loss of the sea­son Thurs­day, but never men­tioned any­thing about hav­ing any is­sues with his knee. Klu­ber has given up 19 runs over his past 34 in­nings, an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic stretch for one of base­ball’s best.

Other All-Star Game re­place­ments: Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jef­fress (Hal­i­fax County) for the Na­tion­als’ Sean Doolit­tle (U.Va.), who is on the 10-day DL with toe in­flam­ma­tion; Cardinals catcher

Yadier Molina for the Gi­ants’

Buster Posey; Dodgers pitcher

Ross Stripling for the Cardinals’

Miles Miko­las, who starts Sun­day; Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke for the Cubs’ Jon Lester, who starts Sun­day; Ath­let­ics sec­ond base­man Jed Lowrie for the Yankees’ Gley­ber Tor­res (right hip); and Astros pitcher Char­lie Mor­ton for the Yankees’ Aroldis Chap­man (left knee).

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