Las Vegas, Nevada —— Veteran Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez took three plate appearances on Saturday night in a rehab assignment game with the Triple-A Pacific Coast League‘s Oklahoma City Dodgers, who are right now playing a road series in Sin City against the Las Vegas 51s, the New York Mets‘ affiliate. In those three at-bats, Gonzalez singled and hit two sacrifice flies, driving in two runs and—not that it matters much—raising his Triple-A average this year to a solid .500 (2-for-4 over two rehab games to this point).
As Baseball Census always does, we’ve got video of Adrian Gonzalez from three different angles in those three plate appearances. You can see that video, including slow-motion swing mechanics for all three balls the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman put in play, right here:
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There’s not much to glean from Adrian Gonzalez at this point; the first baseman, who has been dealing with a persistent bad back, may be with Oklahoma City for some time to rehab slowly and get acclimated to game action again after significant time off. He’s 35 years old, of course, and has been on the disabled list twice this year—including the most recent stint which began in mid-June. A more persistent, looming question surrounds his future considering the ascension of Cody Bellinger; beyond Gonzalez’s back, the veteran’s spot at first base has been encroached upon, and while Bellinger deserves every opportunity to start considering how well he’s been playing, it leaves a question mark surrounding the twilight years of the Dodgers’ fan favorite.
That’s a bigger discussion for Los Angeles Dodgers fans and Adrian Gonzalez admirers to have, though. My job here is to share the video, report that he looked good (and efficient!) in his three at-bats, and came away one small step closer to returning to Dodger Stadium in whatever capacity. If Adrian Gonzalez plays again tonight (Sunday), I’ll be at Cashman Field to document it, too, and you can expect more video of his game action soon thereafter.
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