Adrian Gonzalez in in his 14th MLB season, and he has never spent time on the disabled list.
The impressive run could soon come to an end, however, as Gonzalez is dealing with right forearm tendonitis. The ailment has been bothering him since the start of spring training and has caused the slugger to struggle so far in April.
“He’s used to playing every single day and when you have an injury I don’t know how forthright his is,” manager Dave Roberts said, via ocregister.com. “I think the elbow is getting better. He’s getting more extension with that lead arm.”
Gonzalez has been sitting out occasionally against left-handed pitchers to rest his sore elbow.
The Dodgers recently recalled top prospect Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger is a first baseman by trade, so Los Angeles could afford to lose Gonzalez for a stretch of games.
Gonzalez currently has a mediocre .250/.341/.319 slash line with zero home runs and just nine RBIs through 23 games.
Despite his illustrious injury history, it may be time for Gonzalez to concede to the DL and rest up for the heart of the season.