Still bothered by neck strain, Adrian sits for finale

Still bothered by neck strain, Adrian sits for finale

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez was held out of the lineup Sunday as the Dodgers hope to avoid aggravating a neck strain that has bothered the first baseman for more than a week.

Gonzalez exited Saturday's game after seven innings, but went 2-for-4. The injury does not limit him at the plate, but causes discomfort in the field and on the bases.

The slugger has been getting daily treatment, but has played a full game only three times since suffering the injury on May 1, when he collided with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo as he turned to chase a double down the line by Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

"It just seems to keep going on," manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday's series finale against the Marlins. "We're trying to get on the other side of this thing."

Scott Van Slyke, promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, started at first base in place of Gonzalez and hit fifth.

Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with a .345 average and 26 RBIs. He leads the National League with a .500 average (14-for-28) with runners in scoring position.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.