It is no secret that Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is hurting. He landed in the disabled list for the first time in his career this season — and you know it has to be serious for him to miss significant time. The injury now has him questioning his future.
In an interview with the Orange County Register on Thursday, Gonzalez said he may retire when his contract is up if his back does not get any better.
“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez told the newspaper. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years. Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”
Gonzalez has effectively been replaced by Cody Bellinger in the lineup. Bellinger is the fast player in baseball history to hit 22 home runs. Gonzalez has been a powerhouse in the Dodgers’ lineup for so long and one injury got him Wally Pipp’d.
The 35-year-old would probably be more useful in the American League at this point.