SAN FRANCISCO – In a decision made about 30 minutes before game time Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers opted not to have the guy in the neck brace bat third.
Adrian Gonzalez had injured himself running into an umpire, not to be confused with Jerry Hairston Jr., who required stitches over his eye after running into a desk in his hotel room. Or Zack Greinke, who broke his collarbone running into Carlos Quentin. Or even Hanley Ramirez, who blew his hamstring running into an out at third base.
All this adhered itself to about a half-dozen other medical crises in the Dodgers' clubhouse, through which Gonzalez eased into the pregame wrapped in a cervical collar and heating pad, though on a nearby bulletin board he was to play first base and hit third against the San Francisco Giants, and very soon.
"I could still change the lineup at this point," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, and then he did, as apparently Gonzalez could not turn his head quite far enough to see the pitcher fromRead More »from Long list of Dodger woes includes tripping over suitcase, consecutive walkoff HR defeats to Giants