First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was removed five innings in to the Dodgers’ game against the Angels with tightness in his lower back.
Gonzalez, 34, struck out in his final at-bat against Matt Shoemaker before he was replaced in the batting order by Justin Turner. Howie Kendrick shifted from third base to first and Turner took over at third for the final four innings.
Gonzalez is the only player who has appeared in all 39 games this season for the Dodgers.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has 10 strikeouts through eight innings tonight against the New York Mets, marking his fifth straight game with double-digit strikeouts — a new team record.
The major league record for consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts is eight.
Left-hander Justin Nicolino will be recalled from Triple-A to start Wednesday’s game for the Miami Marlins opposite Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Nicolino, 24, made four starts at Triple-A this year. This will be his 2016 debut. In 12 games last year Nicolino went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which Nicolino allowed five runs in four innings.
Alex Guerrero (knee) will begin the season on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.
Guerrero had an MRI exam today on his left knee, which he injured on a slide in a Cactus League game. The injury was originally diagnosed as a contusion. Roberts said the results of the MRI would be announced later today.
While the Dodgers have returned to Los Angeles for the annual preseason Freeway Series against the Angels, Guerrero remains at the Dodgers’ complex in Glendale, Arizona.
Andre Ethier (right) fouled a ball off his shin Friday. The initial x-rays were negative, but a subsequent MRI revealed a simple fracture in his right fibia. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — An MRI on Andre Ethier‘s right tibia Monday revealed a simple fracture. The veteran outfielder won’t need surgery, but the Dodgers say he will not return for 10 to 14 weeks.