Adrian Gonzalez Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Neck

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to a strike during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on May 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a strained neck, according to Dodgers blogger Steve Dilbeck.

Dilbeck tweeted on Wednesday:


UPDATE: Sunday, May 12, at 1:34 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Adrian Gonzalez (neck) will not play today, according to Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

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More bad news for the Dodgers, who are currently without outfielder Carl Crawford, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Ted Lilly, just to name a few.

Gonzalez was batting .340 with three home runs and 22 RBI through 30 games before Wednesday. He had just returned to the lineup with the same injury after a brief absence. Ironically, he said at the time that he skipped batting practice because he didn't want to re-aggravate the injury. The Dodgers certainly can't afford for him to miss an extended period of time.

Los Angeles traded for Ramirez in July 2012. They traded for Gonzalez, Crawford, infielder Nick Punto and right-hander Josh Beckett in August. And they signed Greinke to a lucrative six-year, $147 million deal in the offseason.

Beckett and Punto are the only ones in that group who aren't injured at the moment.

Beckett's gone 0-4 this season, while posting a 5.13 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, similar to his numbers when he was with the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

Punto has been one of the few bright spots, batting .361 entering Wednesday's contest.

To make matters worse, the Dodgers lost Wednesday's game, 3-2. They are now 13-20, good for last place in the National League West. 

Perhaps money can solve their problems eventually, but it doesn't matter if their stars can't stay on the field.