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Dodgers News: Cody Bellinger Exits Friday’s Game Early



No sooner than Max Muncy exited Friday night’s game with a side issue, the Dodgers had to remove Cody Bellinger after an RBI single in the 5th inning. Bellinger missed most of the first two months of the season with a small fracture in his left leg, so immediately the hearts of fans dropped assuming the outfielder aggravated that injury.

Thankfully, Cody revealed what was affecting him as he walked off the field.

With all the injuries the Dodgers have endured so far in 2021, it’s understandable to immediately assume the worst when a player comes up limping. But this being just a cramp, the boys in blue should have dodged a bullet.

Related: Max Muncy Exits Friday’s Game After Apparently Aggravating Injury

Bellinger was 2-3 with a walk and a run batted in through the first 5 innings of play at Dodger Stadium. He exited with LA up 12-0. Mookie Betts took over in center field for Cody with pinch runner Zach McKinstry staying in the game and playing right.

UPDATE

Cody Bellinger officially left the game with left hamstring tightness. 

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

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  1. Bellinger’s slugglng percentage is pretty anemic right now. But that’s OK. I think he should focus on good contact and line drives over HRs. I don’t think he should be in the cleanup spot until he is hitting for a good average and consistent hard contact. He still needs to work back to that early 2019 season form. It doesn’t have to happen overnight.

    • I cannot help but fear that we may have seen the best of Bellinger in the batter’s box and in health and that 2019 will fade away faster and sooner than anyone could have imagined. I hope I’m wrong.

  2. Belli is slowly coming back. Look for him to have a huge end of summer run! Dodgers getting everyone back healthy – what’s not to like!

  3. All in good time; us fans react so quickly but they don’t don’t….so different inside the game than outside. (IMHO)

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