Mattingly said Gonzalez awoke Friday with the neck stiffness and it was hoped that he wouldn't need more than the already scheduled day off to return. Gonzalez missed games in 2011 with the Red Sox and '13 with the Dodgers due to similar symptoms.
With Gonzalez starting at first base, Justin Turner moved back to third base and Alberto Callaspo back to the bench.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.
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