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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 07:36 am
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Injuries have finally felled Adrian Gonzalez.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that the durable first baseman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow soreness.

Outfielder Joc Pederson was reinstated from the DL in a corresponding move.

It's the first time in his 14-year career that Gonzalez has landed on the DL, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Durability has long been a trademark for the 34-year-old. He's played no less than 156 games in each of his 12 full seasons, including a four-year stretch of appearing in at least 160 contests as a member of the Padres from 2007-10. In 2008, he played in all of San Diego's 162 games.

That durability appears to have caught up to Gonzalez to begin this season, however. He's struggled mightily in his first 29 games, posting a career-worst .635 OPS with no home runs. After going 0-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to San Francisco, he acknowledged he'd been playing through multiple injuries, including right forearm stiffness and an aggravated herniated disc in his back.

"I should have gone on the DL to start the season from this," Gonzalez told the Times' Andy McCullough on Wednesday.

The decision to DL Gonzalez means top prospect Cody Bellinger will be the Dodgers' starting first baseman for the foreseeable future. Bellinger has impressed in his first taste of big-league action, hitting .303/.361/.576 with two homers and seven runs scored over 36 plate appearances, while primarily playing in left field defensively.