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 Posted: Fri Sep 29th, 2017 02:06 am
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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been shut down for the remainder of the season - including the playoffs - after experiencing back tightness during Tuesday's game, manager Dave Roberts announced Wednesday.

Gonzalez won't fly with the team to Colorado for the final three regular-season games this weekend, reports Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet Los Angeles.

Roberts did leave open the slim possibility of Gonzalez returning to action in the playoffs in the event of an injury, telling The Associated Press that Los Angeles would only consider activating him in October "if something unforeseen does happen to the active guys right now.''

One of Gonzalez's trademarks throughout his stellar career has been his durability, having appeared in at least 156 games for 11 consecutive seasons from 2006-16. This year has been a struggle, though, as Gonzalez has played in just 71 contests due to back issues while posting a career-worst .242/.287/.355 slash line and just three home runs. Although he returned to active duty in August, the emergence of rookie Cody Bellinger moved Gonzalez to the bench for the first time in his career.

In June, Gonzalez stated that he would consider retirement after the 2018 season - when his current contract expires - if his troublesome back is not restored to full health.

The five-time All-Star has been a member of the Dodgers since 2012.