LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are getting closer to full strength for the stretch run, activating Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list on Friday before their weekend series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
The first baseman missed nearly 10 weeks with lumbar disc herniation in his back, his second disabled list sting of the season, the first of his career that saw him sidelined for any significant amount of time.
Gonzalez played in nine games on his latest rehab assignment — five with Triple-A Oklahoma City and four with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga — to get ready for his return. He was 6-for-31 (.194) with one home run, a walk, and four sacrifice flies in the minors.
On the season, Gonzalez is hitting .255/.304/.339 with one home run and 11 doubles in 49 games, after averaging .282/.344/.465 with 34 doubles, 24 home runs and 157 games in each of his first four full seasons with the Dodgers (2013-16). He last played in the majors on June 11.
Gonzalez missed 55 games on this disabled list stint, and has been shelved for a total of 67 games in 2017.
Gonzalez getting activated from the 60-day DL takes the open spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, now full. To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned corner man Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Segedin was reinstated from the 60-day DL himself on Tuesday. He is 1-for-7 in three major league games this season, including a start at first base on Wednesday against the White Sox.