OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
2 weeks ago

General manager Andrew Friedman said he expects Gonzalez (back) to be healthy by the start of spring training next season, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Recurring back issues derailed Gonzalez's 2017 season, limiting him to just 71 games and forcing him to miss the Dodgers' run to the World Series. While the ailing 35-year-old is coming off his least productive season since his rookie campaign in Texas, the Dodgers still believe he can be a viable everyday player in 2018 when healthy.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
2 months ago

Manager Dave Roberts said Gonzalez is dealing with tightness in his back and will be shut down for the remainder of the regular season, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Roberts didn't rule out Gonzalez from making the playoff roster, but it sounds like it would take something extraordinary for that to happen. It's been a disappointing year for the 35-year-old, who compiled an unremarkable .242/.287/.355 line while being limited to just 71 games due to recurring back issues. It marked the first time Gonzalez was worse than a league average hitter (69 wRC+) since 2005, which also happens to be the last time he failed to play 100 games in a season. Gonzalez will turn his focus towards getting healthy for next season if he is indeed left off the playoff roster.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
2 months ago

Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

It was the veteran's first start in two weeks, and while he was able to deliver his third homer of the year, Gonzalez will likely retreat to a bench role in Wednesday's series finale against San Diego. The Dodgers are simply playing out the string after clinching the NL's best record Tuesday, so there could be one more start in the aging slugger's future if the club wants to give its postseason starters a breather this weekend.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
2 months ago

Manager Dave Roberts announced that Gonzalez will be used in a bench role for the remainder of the regular season, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The writing was on the wall for the aging slugger, as he had spent the previous four games on the bench after returning from treatment to his ailing back Sept. 11. Gonzalez is slashing just .200/.222/.333 since returning from the disabled list Aug. 18, so he wasn't going to provide much value even if he were being used in a regular role. Roberts said the 35-year-old is at peace with the decision, closing the book on an 11-year run of excellent fantasy production.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
2 months ago

Gonzalez (back) is starting at first base and batting sixth Monday against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez received an epidural injection in his back last week, and he's apparently feeling healthy enough to return to the lineup after resting over the weekend. Back issues have led to a terribly unproductive year for the veteran, but the 34-year-old is hoping the injection will allow him to play pain-free down the stretch. It will be something to monitor, as Gonzalez could be withheld from the Dodgers' postseason roster if the ailment crops up again. Given the amount of time he's already missed this season, the Dodgers figure to be cautious with him down the stretch.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
3 months ago

Gonzalez (back) received an epidural Thursday and will miss the next three games, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez is hoping the injection will put his back issue behind him for the rest of the season, though it's unclear if that will be the case. The 34-year-old been bothered by back issues all season, resulting in one of his least productive campaigns since his rookie years in Texas. If the pain doesn't subside relatively soon, Gonzalez could be withheld from the Dodgers' postseason roster. Cody Bellinger will continue to man first base with Gonzalez sidelined.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
3 months ago

Manager Dave Roberts said Gonzalez's back is still bothering him, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez's trying season continues, as the 35-year-old has managed to play in just 64 games this season due to a recurring back issue. While he's been able to play through the ailment, it has noticeably hindered his production; with his 69 wRC+, Gonzalez has been worse than a league average hitter for the first time since 2005. The Dodgers will proceed cautiously with the veteran down the stretch, but if the issue doesn't clear up before the end of the season, Roberts said Gonzalez could be left off the postseason roster.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
3 months ago

Gonzalez (back) is starting at first base and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was removed from Sunday's game with a little tightness in his back, and despite the fact he is expected to lose out on at-bats over the final month, he is in there against righty Zack Godley. Gonzalez is unlikely to start at all against southpaws the rest of the way, but should still get the occasional start against righties just to keep him engaged. He has been 35 percent worse than a league average hitter this year (65 wRC+) -- the first time he has been below league average since 2005.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
3 months ago

Manager Dave Roberts said that Gonzalez was removed early from Sunday's game against the Brewers due to "a little" tightness in his back, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gonzalez has missed extensive time this season while recovering from a herniated disc, so the Dodgers will proceed cautiously with the veteran, who may have to manage back issues off and on the rest of the way. In addition to noting Gonzalez's injury, Roberts said that the 35-year-old may have to soon settle for a part-time role, as the Dodgers skipper indicated that Cody Bellinger (ankle) would serve as the club's primary first baseman upon being activated from the disabled list Wednesday. Since returning from a two-month absence earlier this month, Gonzalez has reached base at a meager .220 clip, offering the Dodgers little hope that he would be a viable everyday option as the team makes its playoff push. Instead, Gonzalez will likely be limited to occasional starts at first base along with pinch-hitting duties against right-handed pitching.

OUTAdrián González
1B LAD
3 months ago

Gonzalez is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran gets a breather Saturday after starting eight games in a row following his return from the disabled list. Chase Utley will slide over to first base in place of Gonzalez as the Dodgers take on Zach Davies and the Brewers.