Gonzalez scratched from lineup with sore neck

Gonzalez scratched from lineup with sore neck
May 3, 2013, 6:45 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Adrian Gonzalez was a late scratch for the Giants series opener at AT&T Park Friday as the Dodgers first baseman was suffering from a stiff neck.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made the announcement during his pregame meeting with the media, saying Gonzalez was sore from a recent infield collision with an umpire as he tried to field a ground ball.

As such, the Dodgers' cleanup spot, originally filled by Gonzalez, was filled by shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who returned from the disabled list on April 29 after tearing ligaments in his right thumb in the World Baseball Classic.

"It's nice," to have Ramirez back, Mattingly said. "And he's swinging the bat well, too. He's just another weapon in the lineup…but we add and subtract all the time."

Still, Mattingly said he thought Gonzalez, and leftfielder Carl Crawford, who is batting a sore hamstring and is also not in the lineup, was "playable" in the later innings. Mattingly, though, wanted to stay away from second baseman Mark Ellis, who strained a quadriceps last Friday.

Mattingly said he did not think Gonzalez's setback was "long-term" after he felt discomfort while taking swings in the underground cages.

As far as the relative lack of health in his team, Mattingly shook his head and smiled.

"We're moving in the right direction," Mattingly said. "But we have to continue to hold our ground (in the NL West) until we get everybody back."