Gon­za­lez says he could be out un­til late July

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com Twit­ter: @McCul­loughTimes

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an epidu­ral in­jec­tion for a her­ni­ated disk, Dodgers first base­man Adrian Gon­za­lez said he had not set a tar­get date to re­sume base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties.

Man­ager Dave Roberts has floated the pos­si­bil­ity of Gon­za­lez re­turn­ing be­fore the All-Star break. Gon­za­lez men­tioned late July for a pos­si­ble re­turn.

Gon­za­lez is on the dis­abled list for the sec­ond time this sea­son. He missed two weeks in May. Upon his re­turn, his back con­tin­ued to dog him. Gon­za­lez does not want to re­peat that sce­nario.

“This time around, I’m not go­ing to rush,” Gon­za­lez said be­fore Tues­day’s game against the New York Mets. “Ob­vi­ously, I felt fine, but then the more base­ball I [played], the more it started to stiffen up. I think slower is bet­ter than faster right now, at this point.”

Gon­za­lez has been un­able to hit for power in 2017. He has a ca­reer-worst .339 slug­ging per­cent­age, well be­low his .456 av­er­age slug­ging per­cent­age as a Dodger. Time to move on

Roberts chose not to dwell on Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s per­for­mance on Mon­day night. Ker­shaw got credit for the vic­tory, but he al­lowed a ca­reer-high four home runs to the Mets.

Af­ter­ward, Ker­shaw in­sisted he planned to move for­ward and not let the out­ing ir­ri­tate him. Roberts chose a sim­i­lar path, men­tion­ing how Ker­shaw will face the Colorado Rock­ies this week­end at Dodger Sta­dium.

“I think Clay­ton’s pretty good about turn­ing the page,” Roberts said. “But I wouldn’t want to be the Rock­ies come Satur­day.”

Ker­shaw has al­ready al­lowed a ca­reer-high 17 homers this sea­son. Short hop

Roberts tipped his cap to um­pire Joe West, who worked his 5,000th ma­jor league game Tues­day. West was um­pir­ing sec­ond base dur­ing Game 4 of the 2004 Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries be­tween Boston and the New York Yan­kees, when Roberts stole his way into base­ball his­tory for the Red Sox. “Ev­ery sin­gle time I see him, he tells me he’s the one who made me fa­mous,” Roberts said.

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