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Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to a throwing error from Clayton Kershaw #22 allowing Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants to reach base during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.

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