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Dodgers place Adrian Gonzalez on DL, activate Joc Pederson

MRI showed a herniation in Gonzalez’s back

MLB: NLCS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers placed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list with lower back discomfort on Tuesday before their series opener against the Indians, and activated center fielder Joc Pederson from the DL.

This is the second trip to the disabled list this season for Gonzalez, who had never been on the DL entering 2017. Gonzalez averaged 159 games played per year from 2006-16.

Gonzalez left Sunday’s game early when his back locked up again, and had an MRI exam on Monday.

One the season, Gonzalez is hitting .255/.304/.339 with one home run and 11 doubles in 49 games, including .254/.273/.380 in 20 games since returning from the DL.

Pederson missed 18 games with a concussion, after a violent outfield collision with Yasiel Puig and the right field wall on May 23.

Pederson played in three minor league rehab games, going 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs, a sacrifice fly, and four RBI with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The two home runs matched his output with the Dodgers this season, hitting .200/.309/.314 in 35 games.