After getting swept by both the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers kicked things into gear and ended their five-game losing skid by sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.
While the Dodgers got back in the win column and remained there, it came at a cost. Adrian Gonzalez fouled a ball of his right knee in the third inning of Thursday’s win and was removed two innings later. Also, Yasiel Puig aggravated his right hamstring strain after legging out an infield single in the ninth.
Puig’s status moving forward isn’t yet known, though Gonzalez was adamant after Thursday’s game he would be in the lineup for the series opener against the Chicago Cubs, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB:
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he was “100 percent” sure he would return to the lineup Friday night after leaving Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Reds in the fifth inning with a right knee bruise. “It’s good,” Gonzalez said. “It started to swell a little bit and we didn’t want it to swell too much. Take today off and be able to play [Friday] rather than play the rest of the game not feeling good.
Gonzalez has played in 123 of the Dodgers 126 games this year, while simultaneously leading the team with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs. His removal from Thursday’s game was described as one made out of precaution as his knee began to swell up.
After hosting the Cubs for three games, the Dodgers have another pivotal series with the rival San Francisco Giants coming to town. Los Angeles has enjoyed three off days in the last two weeks, but dating back to Tuesday, are in a stretch of playing 16 straight games.