Dodgers hope ailing A-Gon returns before All-Star breaktheScore
Sidelined since last weekend with a herniated disk in his back, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received an epidural injection Monday, and manager Dave Roberts said the "hope" is he returns before the All-Star break, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Consigned to the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year career, Gonzalez initially aggravated his herniated disk in April, but stayed in the lineup for weeks despite dealing with regular tightness in his back.
“I’ve just got broken parts, man,” Gonzalez told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times in early May.
Before landing on the DL, the 35-year-old struggled mightily at the plate over 49 games, putting up his lowest batting average (.255), on-base percentage (.304), and slugging percentage (.339) since becoming a full-time player in 2006.
Thanks to the remarkable success of rookie Cody Bellinger, however, the Dodgers have weathered Gonzalez's absence seamlessly, winning five of their six games - with Bellinger hitting .333/.400/.889 with four homers while starting each of them at first base - since he hit the disabled list.
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