Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been in the number three spot in the lineup for the entire season so it was surprising to see Jerry Hairston Jr. pinch hit for him in the 8th inning of tonight’s game.
With the game in hand and the Dodgers not getting much rest lately, it made sense for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to give A-Gon the final inning or so off.
However, there was a reason why Gonzalez didn’t take his next at-bat according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Adrian Gonzalez said he is fine and expects to play tomorrow. Mattingly said Gonzalez came out because he was a bit lightheaded.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 12, 2013
Considered the Dodgers MVP by Mattingly, Gonzalez is hitting .294 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs as he’s been the teams most consistent hitter all season.
With Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp due back shortly, the Dodgers middle of the order could be the most dangerous in all of baseball.
After winning six of seven from the Cardinals and Rays, the Dodgers begin a stretch of three series against teams with below .500 records.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Matt Kemp’s ankle injury.