Dodgers holding breath on Gonzalez injury

May, 6, 2013
5/06/13
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The way things have been going for the Dodgers lately, you can hardly call any injury minor. The minute you do, it turns into something major.

But Adrian Gonzalez will try to play with the strained neck that limited him to one at-bat in the Dodgers' weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers in batting average (.337) and RBIs (22), was back in the lineup Monday. An MRI exam revealed no damage beyond the strained muscle.

"Let's hope I don't have to dive for a ball," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez injured himself while running into umpire Tony Randazzo as he stumbled after a double down the line hit by Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez last Wednesday. Gonzalez said the collision occurred because Randazzo was out of position. Typically, first-base umpires stay behind the first baseman.

The Dodgers also might place veteran utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list if the doesn't recover quickly from a strained groin. If they do, they would recall an outfielder from the minor leagues, perhaps first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke, whose .393 batting average ranks second in the Pacific Coast League.

Here are lineups for Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Arizona
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Didi Gregorius SS
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Cody Ross LF
5. Miguel Montero C
6. Martin Prado 3B
7. Gerardo Parra RF
8. Josh Wilson 2B
9. Trevor Cahill RHP

Dodgers
1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Nick Punto 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Andre Ethier RF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. Dee Gordon SS
9. Chris Capuano LHP

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239