Adrian Gonzalez ‘feeling better,’ Dodgers don’t anticipate DL stint.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez shares the team lead with 20 RBIs in 39 games this season. (Associated Press photo)


The Dodgers dodged a bullet when Adrian Gonzalez told manager Dave Roberts he was feeling better one day after he left Monday’s game against the Angels with lower back tightness.

Gonzalez still hasn’t spoken to reporters since he left the stadium last night. He wasn’t seen in the clubhouse or on the field for pregame activities Tuesday. But Roberts said he was hopeful that Gonzalez would be able to pinch hit tonight, though he would not be available to play the field. Howie Kendrick is starting at first base instead.

Roberts said that the Dodgers aren’t considering placing Gonzalez on the disabled list at the moment and it’s possible he could play tomorrow in Anaheim.

Gonzalez, 34, is the only Dodger who’s appeared in all 39 games this season. He’s batting .282 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, tied for the team lead.

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez leaves game with lower back tightness.

Adrian GonzalezFirst 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.

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Game 33: Trayce Thompson walks off the New York Mets.

Trayce Thompson

Justin Turner pours a bucket of water on Trayce Thompson (and SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo) after Thompson’s walk-off home run against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Trayce Thompson‘s first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets — and lifted the Dodgers over .500. The box score is here. You can listen to Vin Scully’s call of Thompson’s home run here.

Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig are struggling at the plate.

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Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick among the Dodgers’ designated hitters in Toronto.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ designated hitter today, the finale of a two-game mini-series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Dave Roberts has a couple more possible DHs lined up for the Dodgers’ three-game series in Toronto this weekend.

“The DH, also some off-days, and also the depth — we’ve used a lot of players, given them at-bats and spread them out — the bodies feel good,” Roberts said. “The DH is really nice. Kiké yesterday. JT as a DH today. (Adrian Gonzalez) will DH most likely the last day. Most likely Howie (Kendrick) will DH in Toronto.”

Here are the lineups for both teams for the 4:10 p.m. (PT) game:

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Morning notes: Hyun-Jin Ryu, starting assignments, Adrian Gonzalez, lineups.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some odds and ends from this morning’s media scrum with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, plus the lineups for today’s 12 p.m. (PT) game against the Texas Rangers in Surprise:

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