PITTSBURGH — One day after saying Adrian Gonzalez would not start the final game of the Dodgers’ four-game series against the Pirates, Dave Roberts decided to tack on another day off for his first baseman.
Scott Van Slyke gets the start at first today, batting eighth against right-hander Chad Kuhl, who is making his major league debut for the Pirates.
Here’s what Roberts said on the topic of Gonzalez today:
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Adrian Gonzalez‘s home run in the top of the 10th inning went for naught, as the Giants rallied for two runs off Kenley Jansen in a 5-4 loss. The box score is here.
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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.
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.
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)
‘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.