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Dodgers News: Cody Bellinger Starts in His Opening Game

That didn’t take long.

Hours after Cody Bellinger’s call-up, he’s starting in left field Tuesday night against San Francisco.

With Andre Ethier and Franklin Gutierrez on the disabled list, Andrew Toles received most of the time in left. Brett Eibner, another option, was sent to Triple-A to clear room for Bellinger. Toles has been mediocre thus far for a stagnant offense. The Dodgers needed a spark, and perhaps that prompted the team to promote Bellinger.

Having been 20 days in, Bellinger avoids Super 2 status. It’s apparent that an additional year of control played a part in the timing.

Bellinger is a natural first baseman, but the Dodgers have worked him in the outfield since Single-A. While likely Bellinger transitions to first later, he’ll get most of his time in the outfield as long as Adrian Gonzalez is healthy.

The Dodgers will reportedly recall Julio Urias to start Thursday. This Giants series is more than just another set of rivalry matches – it’s a glimpse at the Dodgers’ future.

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Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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