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Dodgers News: Roberts Updates on Cody Bellinger Injury, IL Status



Cody Bellinger was absent in the Dodgers 5-1 victory on Tuesday night. The All-Star centerfielder came out of Monday night’s game after being involved in a collision at first base where he was stepped on and cleated by A’s pitcher Reymin Guduan.

Before Tuesday’s action Dodger manager Dave Roberts said the club was expecting Bellinger to undergo further testing and evaluation leading up to game time. After Tuesday’s win, Doc had some positive but still imperfect news.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do as far as IL, no IL, but I think right now, I think we’re in a decent spot. But even with that, I just don’t know when a return will be. … I think each day we’re going to know more.”

The Dodgers play a matinee game against Oakland today (12:37 PM PT first pitch) before heading back to Los Angeles for a day off on Thursday. With that, there’s a chance that Bellinger may not see the Injured List immediately, giving the club another day or two to evaluate. However, with utility man Chris Taylor also unable to comfortably swing a bat after getting hit by pitch, Roberts is left in a precarious position.

On the active roster, Matt Beaty played left and right field during spring training but has been used sparingly this season. Edwin Rios exclusively has seen time in the infield and Zach McKinstry still seems like more of an infielder than an outfielder.

Given that the Dodgers are playing in an American League park in Oakland, the DH offers some respite, but if the club should opt to place Bellinger on the IL before today’s game, outfielder Luke Raley is traveling with the team’s taxi squad.

NEXT: Zach McKinstry Earning More Playing Time According to Dave Roberts

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  1. I recall a couple of years ago Roberts said he would no longer pay Cody at first base due to increased chance for injury. Doc – listen to yourself.

  2. Just keep pounding away. Roster is deep and the pitching right now is awesome. Just stay ahead of the Padres!?

    • Bellinger is an overrated player , with stops and starts and lulls in his hitting. He still cannot learn how to not strike out so much . He is not a $300 million player .

  3. But if Bellinger is put on IL bring in a RHB–NOT another LHB!! I’m not sure of why Roberts has this tendency for more and more LHB. And CT3 may also end up on IL too. Instead of waiting around and playing 2 men short on the roster make the necessary moves beausie if CT3 can’t swing a bat he needs to go on IL as well.

  4. Cody’s streakiness —running hot and mostly cold—is at least partly attributable to his regularly changing batting stance. Betts, Turner, and Seager look the same every time they step up to the plate. Bellinger’s batting stance changes like the weather. It’s much harder to hit consistently when your batting mechanics shift like the wind.

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