The Dodgers lost 6-3 to the Cubs on Tuesday, ending their three-game winning streak. Jeff Kent and Mike Edwards hit solo homers for Los Angeles, which trails first-place San Diego by 5 1/2 games in the mediocre West.
The Dodgers have lost seven of their last 12 games, but still have an outside shot at winning the division for a second straight year.
Los Angeles, which has dealt with a number of off-field distractions, got more bad news on Tuesday when the Daily Breeze of Torrance reported that police have responded three times to the home of outfielder Milton Bradley on domestic violence calls.
Neither Bradley, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, nor his pregnant wife were arrested or charged.
“There are things emotionally that Milton has to get a real firm grasp on,” manager Jim Tracy said.
The report comes on the heels of Bradley’s recent comments about Kent. Bradley said that Kent was not a strong leader and accused him of not communicating well with African-American teammates.
Kerry Wood was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday. The hard-throwing right-hander, who has pitched out of the bullpen since returning from two stints on the DL, hopes to be ready for spring training.