The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the seven-day concussion disabled list and placed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with lower back discomfort. González’s stay on the DL may be retroactive to June 12, if needed.
Pederson, who missed 16 games due to a concussion resulting from a collision with teammate Yasiel Puig last month, made three rehab appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 3-for-9 with two home runs and four RBI. In 35 games with Los Angeles this season, he is batting .200 (21-for-105) with 15 runs, six doubles, two homers and 11 RBI.
Even with Pederson reinstated, utility man Chris Taylor will presumably still see action in center field, especially against left-handed pitching. There is also speculation that Taylor may also appear in left field, being that rookie sensation Cody Bellinger will be providing cover at first base with González on the shelf.
González will make his second stint on the disabled list this season, as he was last placed on the DL with right elbow soreness on May 5, which lasted for a period of 14 days. In 49 games this season, he has hit .255 with 11 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI.
The current count on the Dodgers’ disabled list stands at eight players.
(Dai Sugiura provided some information furnished in this report)