Gonzalez is hitting just .158/.235/.224 (12-for-76) against left-handed pitchers this season, but doesn't get many days off. He got a day of rest last Monday in Cincinnati then came back to hit .304/.360/.435 in the next six games. Gonzalez leads the Dodgers in games played (69), starts (67), defensive innings (603⅓) and plate appearances (292).
"I'm kind of trying to be more proactive with him, giving him a day, trying to get one weekly in there," manager Don Mattingly said of Gonzalez. "Some times it's hard."
Scott Van Slyke starts at first base, his fourth start at the position this season. Monday is Van Slyke's 18th start in 18 Dodgers games against left-handed starters, with Tyler Matzek on the hill for Colorado. Against southpaws this season Van Slyke is hitting .289/.458/.800 with six home runs, five doubles and 11 walks, all team-leading numbers.
For Turner, that is four straight games out of the starting lineup with a calf strain, and five out of the last six games as well. He pinch hit twice over the weekend against Arizona, collecting RBI hits on both Friday and Sunday. Turner has a seven-game hitting streak and has 12 hits in his last 24 at-bats.
Miguel Rojas gets the start at third base for the Dodgers, batting eighth.