I thought it was pretty hilarious when Oscar called Adrian Gonzalez a file cabinet. Well the Dodgers finally placed the file cabinet on the disabled list as they activated Joc Pederson from the 10-day disabled list before their three game series in San Diego. Of course it’s important to remember that we love Adrian Gonzalez. He’s been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last ten years and a great Dodger. Gonzalez has slugged 98 home runs as a Dodger and 105 total blasts since 2012, if you count postseason homers.
Today, the #Dodgers reinstated Joc Pederson from the 10-day DL and placed Adrián González on the 10-day DL with right elbow soreness.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 5, 2017
But getting back to the file cabinet thing, it’s hard to talk a grizzled veteran like Gonzalez to just go on the disabled list, especially when they have never been on the DL in their career. Gonzalez has played in over 1,833 MLB games without being on the DL. Normally these types of players are used to playing through injuries, which is what Gonzalez has done throughout his career.
We’ve seen Gonzalez struggle with neck and back issues, but never anything that would disable him. Earlier in spring training Gonzalez suffered from tennis elbow. Apparently this was not supposed to affect him during the regular season. The Dodgers listed the official reason for injury as a “sore right elbow”. However I have heard from other sources that he may actually have a herniated disc. I can’t confirm this, but regardless Gonzo has not been the same this season.
Through 29 games and 105 plate appearances Gonzo is slashing .255/.327/.635 (24 for 94) with 11 runs batted in. Gonzo has yet to hit a home run and has just 5 extra-base hits this year. That comes out to a .635 OPS, and a 74 OPS+. That’s definitely not Gonzo like as he has averaged an .851 OPS and 27 home runs with 102 runs batted in per season during his 14 year MLB career.
Gonzalez has averaged at least 156 games per year with the Dodgers and has played in 693 games as a Dodger and has averaged about 160 games per season during his career. He’s been an ironman at first base and it will sure be strange to not see him manning his position and his familiar cleanup spot in the Dodger’s lineup.
However he was hurting the club. He wasn’t hitting and was having trouble fielding his position. It was the right call to get him some rest. In the meantime super kid Cody Bellinger gets a shot to play some first base and stay with the club a little while longer. We all know that Bellinger should remain with the club for the rest of the season, despite Dave Robert’s flawed babblings about Joc not losing his job or something. Perhaps the Dodgers instead could maybe cut one of the Mendoza line hitting utility bums to keep Bellinger on the active roster? I guess that is a discussion for another day.
In the meantime Gonzalez will rest and we get to have an extended look at Bellinger. Hopefully the file cabinet will get some new drawers and some wd40 and be back in the office in a couple of weeks.