PHOENIX -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez participated in all facets of Monday's workout after being sidelined briefly over the weekend with neck stiffness.
"He said today with the baserunning and the history with his neck that he's going to do more. The range of motion is significantly better, so he's going to get out there and throw, and run around a little bit," manager Dave Roberts said before morning workouts. "But we're not going to push it, so it's kind of on him and his tolerance today."
Gonzalez's tolerance was quite high on Tuesday, as he did all the running and fielding drills and also took live batting practice.
Neck problems have bothered Gonzalez the last few seasons, but nothing significant enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. He has missed a game or two here and there with neck issues, but has still managed to average 159 games per season over the last decade, with no fewer than 156 games in any one year. The 145 games started at first base in 2015 were his fewest in the field since 2005.
Gonzalez has averaged 154 starts in the field for the last 10 years.
"As he's accrued more service and established himself as a star player in the major leagues, he's more comfortable saying when he can or can't go. We've talked about that, but there will be open communication, for sure," Roberts said. "As far as health, he'll be ready to play. But if it's not Thursday, it will be Friday."
The Dodgers open Cactus League play against the White Sox on Thursday. Gonzalez updated Roberts' lineup prognostication later on Friday with Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA.
.@Adrian_ElTitan said he was not scheduled to play Thursday anyway. Friday was always plan. Said if there was game tmrw he could play.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) February 29, 2016
Roberts said most regulars might play in Cactus League games every other day at first during spring games. The Dodgers travel to Surprise to battle the Rangers on Friday.