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On #Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez and his strained trapezius
The Dodgers will go for their first series win since April 26-28 today with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the bench.
Gonzalez has been playing with a strained trapezius muscle for the past week. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the neck problem wasn't necessarily any better or worse today. He just wanted to give Gonzalez the day game off after a night game Saturday.
"It's another one of those days where he says, 'I can go' but we're trying to get on the other side of this thing," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he might have made a different choice if Carl Crawford (hamstring) and/or Andre Ethier (toe) couldn't play with their nagging injuries. But both are in the lineup today. Scott Van Slyke gets the start at first base.
"It’s getting better every day, but once I get out there and start running, throwing and moving it -- the pain starts and it gets worse and worse and worse,” Gonzalez said after Saturday's game. “You just have to deal with the pain as the game progresses.”
Gonzalez has continued to hit despite the neck pain. He is 8 for 19 (.421) with a double, a home run and six RBI in six games since he injured himself by running into the first-base umpire while chasing a ball on defense on May 1.
"That’s the one thing where it doesn’t really bother me," Gonzalez said of hitting. "Just throwing, running for fly balls -- running with my head up really hurts, especially going back on a ball.
"Even running forward with my head up, it hurts. Those fly balls, it’s hard for me to go hard or go comfortably after them because the whole time I’m in pain."