Dodgers’ Utley returning for 16th season

Infielder Chase Utley is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 16th major league season, according to multiple reports.

Multiple baseball writers with access to the Dodgers’ locker room tweeted Tuesday that Utley’s gear had arrived in the clubhouse.

Utley, 29, will be playing his third full season for the Dodgers following his long tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies. He made 353 plate appearances over 127 games in 2017, with 92 percent of his at-bats coming against right-handed pitchers. He finished the season with a .236 batting average, eight home runs, 34 RBIs, a .324 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage.

Utley needs 150 hits to reach 2,000 for his career.

–Field Level Media

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