Losing one of your most consistent offensive hitters for any period can be devastating to a lineup. But realistically, Gonzalez probably should have started the year on the disabled list.
His sore elbow that hindered him early on clearly looks to be better. Not only did he blast his first home run of the year, but Gonzo has been hitting the ball hard since his stint at Class A Ranch Cucamonga.
So far this month, El Titan has managed to hit .269, even though his on-base percentage is about 88 points below his career average. Gonzalez has always been a run producer, and that has not changed yet this year.
He has 20 RBIs so far and will probably get at least 85 on the year. While he may not display the same pop that he did in his first four Dodger seasons, he will be a reliable offensive player and should continue to play Gold Glove caliber defense.
Final slash line in May: .269/.273/.404