Adrian Gonzalez left last night’s Rays-Dodgers game with dizziness, but he seems to be OK. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez felt dizzy during the top of the eighth inning on Sunday night and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the frame.
“It was a good situation to not try to push it,” Gonzalez said after the Dodgers won, 8-2. “The doctors checked me out, and everything is fine.”
With a big lead in the division the Dodgers can afford to be cautious with their first baseman.
As is offseason tradition, the first of player-shape reports are trickling in. These usually use some variation of the phrase “best shape of [my/his] life.” This one, though, avoids that at least.
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds so far this offseason. Schwarber said that he’s “already big and strong,” so “might as well try to get more explosive, faster.”
Though Schwarber knocked out 30 home runs this past season, his numbers were otherwise pedestrian. He hit .211/.315/.467 with 59 RBI and 67 runs scored in 486 plate appearances.
There has been some speculation that the Cubs will try to trade Schwarber to an American League team where he can be a DH. He’s a subpar defender, so making him a full-time DH makes a lot of sense. So far, though, the only team that has been linked to Schwarber this offseason has been the Red Sox.