A-Gon (elbow) to DL for 1st time; Joc returns

A-Gon (elbow) to DL for 1st time; Joc returns

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the 10-day disabled list and placed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the 10-day DL with right elbow soreness.

Pederson, who was placed on the DL on April 24 with a right groin strain, appeared in three rehab games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, going 1-for-7 (.143) with three walks. In his fourth season with the Dodgers, Pederson has hit .220 with six runs, three doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in 18 games this season.

"Joc was chomping at the bit to get in there," manager Dave Roberts said. "He said he feels good, the groin feels good, so we've got him in there."

Gonzalez, 34, is going to the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year Major League career, snapping his big league record among active players of 1,774 games played since 2006 without being placed on the DL. In 29 games for the Dodgers this year, he is hitting .255 with six runs, five doubles, 11 RBIs and 10 walks.

"It has been an uphill battle since Spring Training with my forearm, and then I had a tricep and my back," Gonzalez said. "It's just one thing after another. My whole body hasn't felt right since Spring Training, so it was time to kind of take a step back and get my body right."

Adrian to the DL

The decision to go on the DL resulted from Gonzalez approaching Roberts, and given the recent play of Cody Bellinger, who is hitting .303 with two home runs in nine games since being called up to the Majors, the club felt the time was right to let Gonzalez get healthy.

"They didn't want to approach me because this is the way I've done it my whole career -- play through injuries," Gonzalez said. "The way I saw it, we have [Bellinger], who can do things that I possibly can't do today, so the team is better off with him at first base till I get right."

Roberts said the decision was not easy, but having a viable alternative in Bellinger helped.

"Over 14 years, and to not be on the disabled list, that is tough to do," Roberts said. "It just came down to what was best for the team. These where ongoing conversations that we had, and ultimately he came to me and said if it's best for the team to go on the disabled list, he would do that."

Both Gonzalez and Roberts stressed that the DL stint may last longer than the minimum 10 days, and that Gonzalez's health will dictate when he returns.

Injury updates

Logan Forsythe had a setback in his rehab from a toe injury after feeling some tightness in his hamstring. 

"Logan, just a little bit of a setback with the hamstring," Roberts said. "The toe feels OK, but the hamstring tightened up, so we're going to take a step back. At some point in time he will go back on a rehab [assignment]."

Rich Hill was pulled from his recent rehab outing after throwing 29 pitches in the first inning, mostly as a precautionary measure. Roberts indicated that removing Hill from the game was not due to blister or shoulder issues, but rather was a result of the number of pitches he had thrown.

Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.