Adrian Gonzalez injury: Dodgers 1B leaves game after aggravating neck strain

Harry How

Gonzalez has been battling a muscle strain in his neck for a week.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Wednesday night's game against the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning, one inning after making a diving attempt to catch a foul ball. Gonzalez has been battling a strained muscle in his neck, and the Dodgers say he aggravated the neck strain on Wednesday.

Gonzalez is listed as day-to-day.

Arizona catcher Wil Nieves hit a foul pop on the first base side in the fourth inning, and Gonzalez, catcher A.J. Ellis, and pitcher Clayton Kershaw converged on the play. Gonzalez appeared to call off Ellis, then made a sprawling attempt to catch the ball, but it bounced out of his glove.

Gonzalez didn't appear to be favoring his neck in any way after the play, and he doubled in a run at the plate in the bottom of the inning. He did slow down rather awkwardly heading into second base, but it was unclear what, if anything was hurt. Gonzalez talked to trainers in the dugout before he was replaced in the field in the top of the fifth inning.

Juan Uribe, who started the game at third base, moved to first base, and Luis Cruz entered the game at third.

Gonzalez was written into the starting lineup all three games in San Francisco, but was scratched all three games with neck pain. He appeared only on the finale against the Giants on Sunday, hitting a two-run pinch single in the eighth inning.

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