The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Dodgers assigned third baseman Justin Turner to the 10-day disabled list after he sustained a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, the club announced on Friday. Turner sustained the injury while running the bases during Thursday’s 7-2 win over the Marlins, and will be replaced by infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez in Friday’s lineup.
The injury doesn’t appear to be nearly as severe as club manager Dave Roberts described it on Thursday night, telling reporters it looked like the ball “almost came off the bone, the way [Turner] reacted.” While Turner isn’t looking at a lengthy rehab period, he’s the third Dodgers infielder to land on the disabled list this spring after second baseman Logan Forsythe and first baseman Rob Segedin were sidelined with toe injuries.
Turner is off to a hot start this season, slashing .379/.453/.493 with a league-leading 53 hits through his first 162 PA. The Dodgers don’t intend to rush him back into a starting role, however, and will instead allow him one off day per week after he finishes his stint on the disabled list. Forsythe, meanwhile, is due back from the DL early next week and MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that he could see some time at third base until Turner’s return.
The Cardinals won on Sunday afternoon, but it didn’t matter as the Giants took care of their own business, taking down the Dodgers 7-1 to clinch the second Wild Card in the National League.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda didn’t stand a chance on this particular afternoon, surrendering five runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts before departing with two outs in the third inning. Buster Posey opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first. Denard Span brought home two runs with a triple in the second and would come around to score on another Posey single shortly thereafter, staking the Giants to an early 5-0 lead.
Yasmani Grandal put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single off of Matt Moore in the fourth, but that would be it the rest of the way. The Giants tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford.
Moore went eight innings, yielding the one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts on 107 pitches. Sergio Romo came on in the ninth to seal the deal. He worked around a leadoff single by Andre Ethier by getting Austin Barnes to line out, striking out Yasiel Puig, and inducing a game-ending fly out from Rob Segedin.
The Giants will travel to New York to face the Mets in the National League Wild Card game.