The team announced the $22-million first baseman has been shut down for the season effective immediately after his ailing back flared up following Tuesday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
Draft now for free ] Gonzalez missed extensive time during the regular season with back issues and at no point appeared to be completely healthy.
Though obviously disappointing for Gonzalez on a personal level, it will allow manager Dave Roberts to put his most effective lineup on the field without a second thought.
With him locked in at first base, Roberts can figure out who among Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Curtis Granderson, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier will make up his outfield.
In the grand scheme of things, the Dodgers would no doubt prefer Gonzalez to be one-hundred percent healthy and capable of producing like the five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner he once was.
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