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Storylines: Adrian Gonzalez has herniated disc in back

LA Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been placed on the 10-day DL due to back discomfort after suffering from a herniated disc. As a result, Cody Bellinger will replace him while Joc Pederson is set to return to center field. That plus all the other news and note from around baseball on Tuesday…

Top Storylines:

- Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally beginning to get healthy, another injury strikes.  The Dodgers are placing veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the 10-day DL due to a lower back discomfort after suffering a herniated disc in his back per a team announcement.  He had been trying to play through it but was having his back lock up on him and, overall, making this more difficult.  So far, he is having one of the worst seasons of his career as he is hitting .255/.304/.339 and has only hit one home run so far in the season.  His back problems may be associated with his struggles, but it is a huge deal that he has not produced so far for he has been a key cog in the lineup for years. Thankfully, the Dodgers have gotten by thanks to the production of rookie Cody Bellinger.  It appears Gonzalez will be out an extended period of time, so Bellinger will take over playing time at first base and center fielder Joc Pederson will make his return from the concussion DL and patrol center field once again.  Hopefully, Gonzalez can get right because the Dodgers will look to him for some key hits as they continue to battle for first place in the NL West against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Other Storylines:

- Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has undergone knee surgery on his right knee and is expected to be out indefinitely per Mike Wilner of Sportsnet.  Travis has dealt with a variety of problems in his right knee over the past year and even had a procedure done on his right knee in the offseason.  It’s still giving him problems though and there is no timetable for recovery.  The Blue Jays will roll with a combination of Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins at second base.  Both are solid defenders but lack the offensive tools that Travis possesses.

- Boston Red Sox right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.  It is disappointing news for the Red Sox as they have yet to see Thornburg take the mound.  He was supposed to help form a bridge between the front and back of the bullpen and set things up for Craig Kimbrel, but his return to action will now take longer than anticipated.

- Oakland Athletics right-hander Andrew Triggs recently underwent an MRI on his right hip and the news wasn’t good.  The righty has some structural damage in his hip and there is no timetable for a return date per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  He also has some lower back pain, making it more difficult for the team to decide on a proper treatment.


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