Everything that could have gone wrong for the Dodgers on Friday night went wrong. The offense woke up to start the game, but the bullpen once again completely melted down. And despite the fact that Cody Bellinger’s bat finally woke up. it did come at a cost.
Bellinger was removed from the game late with a hamstring issue. It was the same hamstring issue that landed him on the injured list in June. After going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, Bellinger was replaced by Sheldon Neuse in the lineup.
Dave Roberts later explained that Bellinger would also be out of the Dodgers lineup on Saturday. But from what it sounds like, they seem to have avoided any major injury by pulling him from the game early.
He’s going to be down tomorrow. But I think we got ahead of it. He felt it on his triple, same hamstring as before. He’ll be down tomorrow and hopefully come Sunday he’ll be back in there. But right now, I guess he’s day-to-day.
The timing is unfortunate for a number of reasons. The Dodgers will likely continue to be without Mookie Betts, meaning the outfield alignment could end up looking very odd. But Bellinger was also starting to show signs of life with the bat, something the team desperately needs.
If Bellinger AND Betts are out of the lineup tonight, that would mean the Dodgers need to shift a few names around. Chris Taylor would likely not be available to play centerfield with Gavin Lux out, but Sheldon Neuse could slide over to shortstop. He’s played a few games there throughout his minor league career.