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.
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.
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: