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Dodgers News: Adrian Gonzalez ‘Pain Free’ But Still Not Swinging

Adrian Gonzalez was shut down for two weeks on Feb. 17 with elbow pain. It appears to have been just a minor scare.

Gonzalez is pain free, according to Alanna Rizzo, but will remain shut down at least for another week. Rizzo adds Gonzalez is still determined to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

The injury report was a mild scare, though the question of it lingering throughout the season was reasonable. If Gonzalez thinks he’s healthy enough to play in the WBC, he should be set for opening day. After a 10-homer decline from 2015 to 2016, Gonzalez’s 2017 is pivotal for his future in a Dodger uniform.

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Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger and Chase Utley will primarily handle first base. Utley could take on more playing time at that spot.

Hyun-Jin Ryu wants to retake his rotation spot

Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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