The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday afternoon reinstated first baseman Adrián González from the 60-day disabled list and optioned infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gonzalez had been sidelined with a disc herniation in his back.
González went 6-for-31 with a homer and six RBI during a nine-game rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City and last appeared in a big-league game on June 11. In 49 games with Los Angeles this season, he’s hit .255 with 11 doubles, a homer and 23 RBI, and enters tonight’s game just four hits shy of 2,000 for his career.
Segedin appeared in just one game with Los Angeles after being reinstated from the DL (right great toe strain and right wrist surgery), and has gone 1-for-7 in three games with the Dodgers this year.
A few weeks back, skipper Dave Roberts indicated that González would be seeing the majority of his playing time against right-handed pitching. Inserting González back into the lineup will mean a move for Cody Bellinger back to the outfield, or some more rest days for the rookie. Bellinger has credited González with showing him how to go about playing the game.
Adrian seems to have accepted that he will have a reduced roll at first base, and has even made mention of impending retirement if his back doesn’t fully heal. He will be starting tonight at first base.
(Lauren Douglas furnished some information provided in this report)