The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't exactly got what they wanted out of their big three acquisitions from the Boston Red Sox. Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford were big ticket players who were supposed to help the Dodgers contend for a World Series. Unfortunately, Gonzalez has struggled at times, Beckett has an ERA near 4.00, and Crawford has only played 27 games since the acquisition. Perhaps most frustrating are the injuries including Gonzalez's current injury.
Adrian Gonzalez missed his third straight game with a sore/stiff neck yesterday. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says Gonzalez believes the injury is actually in the trapezius area.
This is 3rd straight game Adrian Gonzalez will not start because of neck stiffness - more, he says, the trapezius muscle (neck/upper back).
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 5, 2013
The neck pain has now kept Gonzalez out long enough to think a DL stint may be on the horizon. Neither the team nor Gonzalez has hinted at the possibility of the DL, but if Gonzalez does not improve and continues missing games, the Dodgers will need to consider such a move. They can't simply leave a roster spot wasted on a player who can't play.
Gonzalez has been having a solid start to the season, so Los Angeles wants his bat back soon. He is hitting .330/.393/.495 with three home runs. If he can maintain that production throughout the year, the Dodgers will have absolutely received what they hoped in Gonzalez (and more probably). However, if Gonzalez's injury limits his playing time and his production, the trade will be further scrutinized by those around baseball.
Gonzalez is a good hitter. No one will deny that. The neck injury is concerning, but the Dodgers are likely being overly cautious with it. The 30-year old four-time All-Star should be back soon, but don't be surprised to see him land on the DL if the neck issues continue this week.
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