There is a list of shifts made in the Dodgers organization today. Cody Bellinger and Alex Wood heading to the DL headline that list.
#Dodgers also recalled Josh Ravin from Triple-A and placed Cody Bellinger on 10-day DL with a sprained right ankle (retroactive to 8/20).
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 22, 2017
Bellinger sprained his ankle after an attempt to make a catch at the wall a couple of days ago. It is likely that he will be on the DL for some time to rest his ankle and ensure he is playoff ready. Bellinger whose numbers speak for themselves, has been a key part of the Dodgers’ success this year. Cody Bellinger is batting .274 with 34 home runs and 79 RBI’s. He has also been able to handle first base and the outfield quite well.
Alex Wood has also had quite an impact for the Dodgers working as great number two to Clayton Kershaw. Wood has been experiencing some fatigue this year, this season has been the heaviest workload for him and its starting to show. It is likely that this trip to the DL is only temporary, and mostly to give Wood the rest he needs to perform in the playoffs.
If you don’t already see the trend here, I’ll explain it to you. The Dodgers are now 20 games up over the 2nd place team in the NL. They are 12 games up as the best record in baseball. The Dodgers could clinch the division in the month of August. It is very obvious that their goal is to rest now. Let the stars needed in the playoffs enjoy some time of rest so they can perform as expected in October.
To replace these guys, Josh Ravin and Brock Stewart have been recalled from Triple-A. Brock started against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday evening and didn’t get to work for too long after spoiling a 4-run lead. Josh Ravin is expected to give the bullpen a break and chew up some innings for the guys who have been on the call on year long.