We have the first rusty neck of the spring and the award goes to Adrian Gonzalez. You like what I did there guys? Just a little bit of Oscar humor for you. The club is reporting that Gonzalez sat out Sunday’s workouts as a precautionary measure after some base-running drills on Saturday went awry and caused his rusty neck to flare up. He’s stated that it’s not a major problem and he’ll continue to play through it as he has for the last several years.
The problem is on the right side of his neck and it can limit his motion while he turns to face the pitcher while in the batter’s box. Apparently Gonzo originally suffered the injury while with the Padres back in 2011. If you remember he had to have surgery on his shoulder during that winter.
“There’s not much we can do about it. It’s a bulging disk and it’s too risky to operate. Just pain management. I wasn’t smart with the base-running drill. I have to stay away from things that irritate it.”
We’ve seen Gonzo dealing with the injury since he joined the Dodgers. He states that it’s more about pain management than anything. It’s too risky to operate on and only bothers him occasionally when he does things like base-running drills. Perhaps this is why he’s so slow running the bases. Regardless of the injury, Gonzalez has been a rock. He’s been one of the most consistent Dodgers over the last few seasons. Last season he played in 156 games. He played in 159 games in 2014, and 157 in 2013. Gonzalez has played in 1,648 MLB games over his 12 major league seasons. He’s also recorded over 640 plate appearances with the Dodgers from 2013-2015. Gonzo has 6,974 career plate appearances, and 6,171 at-bats.