Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was forced into an early exit from Thursday's exhibition against Team Australia, complaining of tightness in his lower back.
But this professional athlete hasn't overexerted himself in training or pushed himself to hard in spring training; far from it in fact. He believes that the injury is a consequence of too much sightseeing whilst in Australia.
However, he is confident the tightness will go away in time for him to face the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"I need to rest, get off my feet," Gonzalez told MLB.com after being removed from the 4-2 exhibition win in the fourth inning.
"I've done a lot of walking around the city. I'll be good [for Saturday night]. I'm positive I'll feel better tomorrow."
Rather concerningly, Gonzalez said that he had initially felt the discomfort in the pre-game warm-up but had taken the field in the hope that it would subside. But, if anything, the game made it worse.
"It actually got tighter," he said. "I swung at a pitch in the second at-bat, and it didn't feel good. I finished the at-bat because I didn't want to take myself out of the game in the middle of the at-bat."
Left fielder Scott Van Slyke had to cover for Gonzalez at first base while Mike Baxter slotted in left for the remainder of the game.
Gonzalez has played through the pain barrier before. He played 157 games in 2013 despite having to deal with a stubborn neck strain. He has also played at least 156 games every season since 2006.
The Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday in the first of two games to open up the 2014 regular season.
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