"I think he's close to 100%," manager
Gonzalez, 35, went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday and was three for four with two doubles and two RBIs Wednesday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
"I'm good, I'm playing," Gonzalez said in a brief exchange with reporters before the game. "Good talk."
Is there a big difference in how he feels now compared to when he went on the DL on May 5?
"Yeah," Gonzalez said, "that's why I'm active."
Gonzalez reported to
Gonzalez said he altered his mechanics to compensate for the soreness in his forearm, which caused a left triceps strain. His condition worsened when he aggravated a previously herniated disk while bending to pick up his daughter on April 20.
The five-time All-Star hit .255 with a .635 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, no homers and 11 RBIs in 29 games before going on the DL, well below his career .290 average and .854 OPS entering the season.
"Sometimes he has a tendency, like a lot of hitters, to get overaggressive and get outside the strike zone," Roberts said. "If he's in the zone, I expect good contact. The power will come if you continue to take passes at balls in the zone."
Scott Van Slyke was optioned to triple A to make room for Gonzalez.
Roberts is one of 16 managers, executives, owners and former players named by Commissioner Rob Manfred to a reconstituted competition committee, which is charged with studying all aspects of the game, including potential rule changes and pace-of-play issues, and advising the commissioner on on-field matters.
Buck Showalter (Baltimore), Joe Girardi (
Kenta Maeda (left hamstring tightness) is scheduled to throw four innings and 60 pitches for Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. Roberts said Maeda will rejoin the rotation next week against St. Louis.
Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, will help dedicate two Dodgers Dreamfields at Darby Park in Inglewood on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. In addition to providing financial support for the construction of both fields, Gonzalez will cover the $25 registration fee for some 500 players to participate in a youth program.