Adrian Gonzalez has had an off and on Spring Training thus far. At first, he was said to have something as minor as tennis elbow. He then went to go play in the World Baseball Classic for a few games, just to come back and have a sore elbow again. Gonzalez did play in Friday’s game, against the Diamondbacks, for the first time since leaving for the WBC.
Between Friday and Saturday’s games, Gonzalez went 3-6 with an RBI and a walk. Roberts has already let the media know that he plans on resting Gonzalez more this year than he did last. Gonzalez will be turning 35 this season and we have already seen his performance slowly start to decline. It’s hard to say how good of a season he will be capable of having due to injuries and time off.
However, just having the presence of someone like Gonzalez in the locker room is huge for the team. It’s hard to see the Dodgers getting rid of Gonzalez anytime soon, but with Cody Bellinger quickly making a name for himself, it’s pretty clear Gonzalez will be losing his starting job by 2018 (when his contract ends).
Depending on Gonzalez’s productivity, you never know what the Dodgers may try to do, considering they still need that power right-handed hitter. I don’t believe this is a huge possibility, but the Dodgers are in a win-now mode. If someone were to offer up the right price for the veteran first baseman, we may see Bellinger called up a little earlier than planned.