Adrian Gonzalez is on the way back.
Gonzalez had a rough start to the season, perhaps mostly due to his injury. But he looked fresh in Single-A and was reactivated Thursday.
Adrián González doubled in his last at-bat for the @RCQuakes. He went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles. Logan Forsythe went 1-for-2.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 18, 2017
Today, the #Dodgers reinstated Adrián González from the 10-day DL and optioned Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 18, 2017
Rookie phenom Cody Bellinger theoretically replaces what Scott Van Slyke provided versatility-wise. With Gonzalez back and Andrew Toles out for the year, Bellinger is expected to settle in left field regularly.
Once one of the most potent bats in baseball, Gonzalez is in the late portion of his career. His power has dipped, and throughout 2017 he didn’t look comfortable at the plate. Gonzalez was hitting .255 with no homers.
It was the first DL stint in Gonzalez’s 14-year career. He admitted he probably should’ve opened the season on the DL, but played through the pain instead.