LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday's game in the fourth inning with a right hand contusion, three innings after getting hit by a pitch from Mets starter Steven Matz.
Gonzalez was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Matz with two outs in the first inning. Gonzalez stayed in the game at first base through the top of the fourth inning. Alex Guerrero pinch hit for Gonzalez to start the bottom of the fourth, then remained in the game in left field, with Scott Van Slyke moving from left to first base.
"The knob of the bat wasn't letting me swing. They told me I could get a different bat and hold it a little differently. At least with my bat, the way I hold it normally it wasn't working," Gonzalez said. "They said there's no need to go out there and try and do something different, just to go inside and let it calm down."
Gonzalez said there was no need for X-rays on his hand, which was swollen after the game.
He expects to play on Monday, "Unless for some reason tomorrow it gets worse."
Gonzalez homered in the first two games of the series and is hitting .291/.366/.518 with 15 home runs, 23 doubles and 50 RBI in 2015. Sunday marked the fourth time he has been hit by a pitch this season.
On the season, Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 76 starts in 83 games, and is second with 79 games played and third with 653⅓ defensive innings.
From 2006-2014, Gonzalez averaged 159 games and 156 starts per season, with a low of 156 games and 149 starts during that span.