The veteran extended his hitting streak to five games Wednesday with a two-run triple, his second three-bagger of the year, in the top of the first inning. Zobrist has now collected 10 hits in his last 22 at-bats -- including four extra-base knocks -- while tallying six RBI and six runs during that stretch. He continues to be a beast on the road, hitting .316 with nine of his 14 homers coming away from home.
Utley left Tuesday's game early with foot issue, but will return to second base and his usual leadoff spot Wednesday against Johnny Cueto and the Giants. Utley has been enjoying an improved performance at the plate lately, having gone 9-for-19 (.474) over his last five games.
Panik will get the night off, his first since August 5, as Ehire Adrianza gets the nod to start at second and bat eighth. Panik will likely return to his usual spot Thursday for the Giants' series finale against the Dodgers.
Walker has been out since Tuesday to be with his family, but will return to the team Friday when the Mets face the Phillies. Until he returns, look for T.J. Rivera and Kelly Johnson to fill in at second base.
With Adeiny Hechavarria sitting out Wednesday night, Rojas will get the nod to start at shortstop. Although he's hitting just .261 for the year, Rojas has increased his production at the plate lately and is hitting .286/.348/.429 over the last 14 games (22 plate appearances).
He was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with the sore wrist and it is apparently still bothering him Wednesday. Daniel Descalso will get the start at the keystone and hit sixth in the finale against the Brewers. The Rockies have an off day Thursday, which will hopefully allow LeMahieu to get right in advance of this weekend's series against the Nationals.
Gennett tallied two hits in Tuesday's game, but he will be held out Wednesday in favor of Hernan Perez with left-hander Tyler Anderson on the mound for the Rockies. Expect Perez to continue seeing starts at second base whenever the Brewers face a left-handed starter.
Utley came on as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and singled to right before being replaced by Josh Reddick. Manager Dave Roberts revealed after the game that Utley has been "maintenancing his foot" for roughly a month, and the ailment flared up following the at-bat. Little else is known about the situation at this time, but the Dodgers are considering Utley day-to-day in advance of Wednesday's matchup against San Francisco.
Manager Pete Mackanin said he believes Blanco could return to the Phillies around Sept. 1. He'll return to a utility role once he rejoins the team.
The rest of the Nationals offense was dormant in this one, so their leadoff man failed to accrue any other statistics despite the strong showing at the plate. Turner has been setting the table exceptionally well of late for the Orioles, and now has nine multi-hit efforts in August. The poor effort on the base paths is likely just an aberration, as he came in with 14 steals in 15 attempts.