Dodgers Can Count On Steady Adrian Gonzalez

The Dodgers are the Odds on favorite to win the World Series in 2014

CBS Los Angeles

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly never worries about Adrian Gonzalez. He doesn’t have to. The first baseman is always available.

“An everyday player,” Mattingly said.

Gonzalez has been a sturdy player throughout his career. Last season he played in 157 games, 15 more than anybody else on the Dodgers during a season in which injuries to center fielder Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez contributed to big-spending Los Angeles’ falling short of its goal of reaching a World Series.

“Being able to stay healthy is a blessing,” said Gonzalez, who played at least 160 games in each of four successive seasons from 2007-10 when he was with the San Diego Padres. “That’s one part of it. The other part is that my body has been built for the long haul.”

The Dodgers are already dealing with injuries. Cuban defector Yasiel Puig has been having pain in…

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