LOS ANGELES — Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received an epidural shot in his back, and is expected to be unavailable for the next few games.
Gonzalez is out of the lineup on Thursday against the Rockies, and told David Vassegh of LA Sports AM 570 he expected to miss three games.
“He’ll be down for a couple days, and hope that that dissapates. Then he’ll be back in there,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s done it a couple times this year and it’s helped get him over the hump. Hopefully this formula of treatment, rest, and all that will help him get back on the field.”
Gonzalez is hitting .226/.250/.377 since returning from his second stint on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back, and has only played in two games in the previous six days.
Thursday is also a scheduled off day for Justin Turner, and with Corey Seager still out the top of the lineup is in flux. Cody Bellinger bats third for the fifth time this season, with Yasmani Grandal cleanup.
With Turner out, Logan Forsythe starts at third base with Chase Utley at second.
Roberts reiterated that Seager would return to the lineup on Friday night, a game that will also be a scheduled off day for Chris Taylor, who has started the last 16 game days.
“At some point and time, we’ll get our lineup together,” Roberts said.
Brandon Morrow, who last pitched Saturday, is available to pitch in relief on Thursday. He was dealing with a sore back and missed the last four games.
The Rockies added a pair of players to their active roster before the weekend series. Ryan Hanigan was activated from the 10-day disabled list, giving Colorado a fourth catcher on the active roster, and outfielder Raimel Tapia was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.