The writing has been on the wall for this move made by the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger got spiked in the game on Monday night and the news has slowly trickled out on him. The initial view was that he was sore, but he did get sent in for additional testing.
Dave Roberts revealed after the game that Bellinger did not suffer any stress fractures. He also added that they were unsure what the plan for him was in terms of a stint on the injured list or not. They made a decision on that today.
The Dodger sent Bellinger to the injured list potentially backdating it to April 5th, when the injury first occurred. The designation is a 10-day stint, though it’s unclear how soon he would be ready to go. This early in the season, they do not have the option to give him games to prep at the minor league level.
Bellinger had struggled during Spring Training and that carried over a little into the season. In 4 games, he collected 2 extra-base hits and walked twice in 21 at-bats. Bellinger also struck out 5 times to add to the concern.
In a corresponding move, the Dodgers called up Luke Raley from the taxi squad. Raley is part of the group traveling with the team on the first road trip of the season. Raley had a rough going during Spring Training, collecting just 1 hit in 16 at-bats. He struck out 6 times and did not earn a walk.