Adrian Gonzalez Transferred to 60-Day DL by Dodgers Due to Back Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is seen during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's lumbar disc herniation forced the team to move him to the 60-day disabled list Saturday.

The transaction makes room on the 40-man roster for Luis Ysla, whom the club acquired from the Boston Red Sox and optioned to Double-A. 

For all the things that have gone right for the Dodgers this season, Gonzalez's health has not been one of them. The 35-year-old has appeared in just 49 games with a .255/.304/.339 slash line in 2017. 

"When you play all those years and you never go on the DL, you don't feel great all the time," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. "That's why I just have so much respect for him. Because sometimes, for players, to go on the DL is the easy way out. And he literally has never done that."

The good news for the Dodgers is they haven't missed Gonzalez's production at first base. Rookie Cody Bellinger has taken over and emerged as a star with a team-leading 28 home runs in just 83 games.