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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez takes batting practice as rehab assignment draws near

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez takes batting practice as rehab assignment draws near

Dave Roberts left his office Sunday morning to see an unexpected sight. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was in the midst of a particularly vigorous round of batting practice at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time he had taken the field since being placed on the disabled list on June 13 because of the herniated disk in his back.

“I was actually surprised at the effort he exerted,” Roberts said before his team’s series finale against the Braves. “He hit some balls out of the ballpark, and he said he feels good. I think for him to get on the field and take batting practice is a good thing.”

Gonzalez could start a rehabilitation assignment later this week. Roberts...

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