Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Expected in Lineup on Monday; Cingrani Unscathed
On Saturday, there was some news surrounding the status of Cody Bellinger, and an announcement that Tony Cingrani would begin a rehab assignment with class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
This article provides an update on those players.
Bellinger was held out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day on Sunday, after suffering a shoulder injury after diving on a play Friday night in San Diego.
While he remained in that game, the expectation and hope was that he would miss only one game after experiencing soreness in that shoulder on Saturday. Dave Roberts told SNLA’s Alanna Rizzo that he “anticipates” Cody starting on Sunday. However, he did not.
When speaking on Cody’s absence on Sunday, Dave had this to say,
I think when you hear the trainer and the player say it feels ‘pretty good’, I think for me that calls for one extra day.
More on the star slugger:
Cody Bellinger said he took swings in the cage this morning and his right shoulder is fine. He said he probably would’ve played if it was a night game. He’s available to punch-hit today.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 5, 2019
Bellinger’s availability was proven as he pinch hit for Ross Stripling in the 8th inning of Sunday’s loss to the Padres. He is expected to be in the Dodgers lineup as they return home to face the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
Tony Cingrani Update
As reported by Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Tony Cingrani came out of his first rehab outing without allowing a run.
LHP Tony Cingrani pitched a hitless inning for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga last night. Struck out one. 1st game of rehab assignment after spring shoulder problem. #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 5, 2019
For those interested in the specifics of the outing, Cingrani threw 16 pitches, 10 of which were strikes. One runner reached base via an error.
The hard-throwing left hander is expected to require several rehab outings for the Dodgers have to make a decision on an active roster spot for him. With his $2.65M contract for 2019, he is likely to find some innings before all is said and done.
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