Adrian Gonzalez rejoins Dodgers after return from Italy
LOS ANGELES — While the Dodgers were making their way to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, Adrian Gonzalez was making his way to Italy and back.
The veteran first baseman returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since the end of the regular season Tuesday after watching Game 1 of the Series from the SportsNet LA studio on Tuesday night. Gonzalez was on the field for the Dodgers’ pregame workout before Game 2 but did not participate and cannot be in uniform or in the dugout during the games.
But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Gonzalez might travel to Houston with the team (even though he would have to watch the games from the stands as some inactive Dodgers players have at Dodger Stadium).
“I would assume he is (going to be in Houston),” Roberts said. “I know that he had every intention of coming back.”
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During the final month of the regular season, the Dodgers announced that Gonzalez had been shut down due to the recurring back issues he has dealt with the past two seasons and would not be on their postseason rosters. Gonzalez did not travel to Colorado with the team for the final series of the regular season and said at the time he did not expect to travel during the postseason because it wouldn’t be good for his back.
Instead, Gonzalez traveled to Italy with his wife and two daughters, where they will be spending an extended amount of time so that his wife can participate in a program there. Roberts said the team was aware of Gonzalez’s plans and supported him traveling with his family.
“Initially, ‘It was my wife has something really special. I want to […]