Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie Cody Bellinger left Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after rolling his ankle going back to leap and catch a ball at the warning track in right field.
Bellinger was seen limping around in the outfield, showing obvious discomfort immediately after the play was over. He finished the sixth inning but was then removed from the game and replaced by Yasiel Puig due to what has been diagnosed as a mild ankle sprain. He is considered day-to-day as of the end of Saturday’s win against the Tigers.
Cody Bellinger has a mild right ankle sprain, the Dodgers say.
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Puig would go on to replace Bellinger, going 0-for-2 at the plate but managing to make a great running catch in the 8th inning, helping out relief pitcher Brandon Morrow.
Bellinger did not look to be unaware of his surroundings, but more that once he hit the warning track, his foot was caught on the dirt and it rolled this ankle. He will be playing a lot of outfield the rest of this season as long as Adrian Gonzalez is healthy, so it is important that the Dodgers are careful with rushing him back to the outfield.
Bellinger ended his day 0-for-2 bath the plate, with one strikeout.