The Dodgers and Rays are less than an hour away from kicking off Game 4 of the World Series in Arlington. While Los Angeles is hoping to get a 2-game lead in the series to wrap things up by Sunday, Tampa Bay is looking to even the series.
The Dodgers released their lineups on Saturday afternoon with almost no surprises. Then with just over an hour left until first pitch, Los Angeles had to move Cody Bellinger. The young outfielder was moved from center field to designated hitter because he woke up with some back stiffness. Bellinger apparently felt okay swinging the bat but did not feel great defending.
Per @Dodgers: Cody’s back tightened up. He can swing the bat but didn’t feel good defending
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 24, 2020
That means the Dodgers defense will be downgraded a little bit tonight with Julio Urias on the mound. Pollock is not a terrible defender, but his best defensive days are likely behind him at this point. LA chose to stick with Chris Taylor in left and utilize Pollock up the middle.
At this point, it’s unclear how serious this soreness might be and whether that might carry into Sunday. If it does, the Dodgers would be in a weird spot with Austin Barnes catching Clayton Kershaw. They would have to decide between Will Smith and Cody Bellinger at DH.
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