Dodgers place Gonzalez on DL for first time in his career


Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is in his 14th MLB season and was placed on the disabled list for the first time on Friday.

The 34-year-old was put on the DL with right elbow soreness, opening up an opportunity for Cody Bellinger.

"[I'm] leaning towards putting [Gonzalez] on the DL, not officially, but I think that's where we're going to go," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told MLB Network Radio earlier in the day.

"With Adrian potentially on the DL, it will give Bellinger a chance to be out there essentially every day at first base."

Dodgers fans have been waiting with bated breath for Roberts' decision on Bellinger, who has taken the team by storm since getting called up earlier this season.

Bellinger, who has a .303 batting average this season with two home runs and five RBIs, had been filling in for Joc Pederson in left field.

With Pederson set to be activated Friday, Roberts was left with a tough decision on what to do with Bellinger.

Originally, Roberts said he would send Bellinger back down to the minors, but he had already softened on that stance earlier this week.

Gonzalez said Wednesday that he should have gone on the DL to start the season.

He understandably wanted to maintain his streak, but it may be time for him to rest up and try to get back to full health.

Bellinger has proven he is willing, and more than capable, to fill in while he rests.