We just recently learned that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was diagnosed with “tennis elbow” due to excessive weight lifting and offseason workouts. Tennis elbow is the equivalent of a sore elbow and the Dodgers are being cautious by ordering him to rest for the first couple of weeks of spring training.
I have already noticed a few posters freaking out and or concerned that this may cost Gonzo playing time during the regular season or become a precursor for future health problems for Gonzalez in 2017. I would like to put everyone’s mind at ease by reminding them of a couple of things.
First of all a sore elbow in the first couple weeks of spring from too much working out is nothing to freak out about. Gonzalez is not likely to miss any games that count and I would rather have him rest now then in April or May when the games are not meaningless.
My second point I want to make to put your concerns to rest is that Gonzalez has been one of the most consistent players in the majors. He’s been historically healthy throughout his career and has rarely missed games due to injury.
As a matter of fact Gonzalez has not played in less than 156 games since the 2005 season, which was his second season in the majors during his short tenure with the Texas Rangers. Since then he’s played in 1,745 games from 2006-2016 with the Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers. Here’s a list of the total games Gonzalez has played in each season since 2005.
2006 – 156
2007 – 161
2008 – 162
2009 – 160
2010 – 160
2011 – 159
2012 – 159
2013 – 157
2014 – 159
2015 – 156
2016 – 156
He’s really been somewhat of an iron man without suffering serious injury. Yes I know he is 34-years old and has had problems with his neck over the past few seasons. He’s still yet to miss any significant amount of time because of his rusty neck; he’s hardly missed any time.
All the while he has put up quality numbers at the plate and played gold glove type defense. Gonzalez is a rock and I am not worried about him this year. Actually Gonzalez is one of the Dodgers I worry about the least. Of course now that I have written this post look for him to become seriously injured during the next few weeks. I joke, I joke.
So put your fears about Adrian Gonzalez to bed and don’t worry your pretty little Dodger heads about it. And if Gonzo does get hurt top prospect Cody Bellinger should be available to step up if the Dodgers think he is ready. There are other players that are far more injury prone to be thinking about. Just stop worrying about it.