Let the injuries begin.

Adrian Gonzalez will be shut down for at least 14 days with elbow inflammation, according to multiple reports.

What’s a crucial year for Gonzalez’s future isn’t off to a dashing start. With two years left on his deal and top prospect Cody Bellinger lurking, Gonzalez needs to prove he can still produce at a high level. Despite seeing a 10-homer dropoff from 2015 to 2016, Gonzalez had a quality year, hitting .285 with 90 RBI.

The injury doesn’t appear threatening to his Opening Day availability. Gonzalez has been a bit of an iron man in his Dodgers career, logging at least 156 games in each of his full seasons with the organization.

Bellinger will presumably start at first in Gonzalez’s absence. The Dodgers’ first spring training game is Feb. 25 versus the Chicago White Sox.

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