The Dodgers were supposed to be giving Cody Bellinger some time off. In the middle of a wildly terrible 0-for-24 slide, Dave Roberts admitted Friday that they were giving Belli time off. Doc also said that Bellinger would NOT be in the lineup on Saturday after getting Friday night off as well.
That proved to be relatively inaccurate. The Dodgers released their lineup for Saturday’s game, and Belli was right there in the 7th spot and playing out in centerfield. That was a little different than the game plan that Roberts had previously laid out.
So what happened? Well, the best guess seems to be an issue with Chris Taylor. Roberts had noted on Friday that the Dodgers utilityman was dealing with a neck issue, and he is out of the lineup the following day.
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So for the moment, the Dodgers will go back to Belli out in center. Hopefully, that day off will allow him a little bit of time to reset and get things locked in. He will face off against Chris Paddack, a guy that he only has 1 career hit off of in 11 attempts.
The Dodgers will throw Walker Buehler on Saturday, and they’ll also have Gavin Lux in the outfield once again. They brought up Lux on Friday night to patrol the outfield which sort of went hand-in-hand with Bellinger being sat.