The rough 2021 season for Cody Bellinger continues this week in Colorado. With the team set to take on the Rockies in a big 3-game series, they will be without their former National League MVP winner.
The Dodgers made a move on Tuesday night before the Rockies series. They placed Bellinger on the injured list with that rib injury that has slowed him down for the past week. That injury apparently came on a collision with Gavin Lux in the outfield last week.
Bellinger has been out of the Dodgers lineup since Friday in Cincinnati. He was initially in the lineup for Tuesday, but Dave Roberts said in his pregame media session that there was a good chance he was going to be scratched.
The #dodgers have placed Cody Bellinger on the IL.
Luke Raley recalled.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) September 21, 2021
That move unfortunately doesn’t leave much time for Bellinger to get things figured out. If everything heals up nicely, he could be back with the Dodgers early next week. But that only leaves him a handful of games to get rolling before the playoffs. All of that to say, the timing is not ideal.
In his place, the Dodgers added Luke Raley to the active roster. Raley had made the trip up to Colorado just in case they needed to place Bellinger on the IL. He will start in right field tonight with Mookie Betts shifting over to center.