Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger might not be ready for Padres series – Daily Bulletin


LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger’s injured calf is still swollen and he is not running full speed, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

It does not seem likely that Bellinger will be ready to return from the Injured List for the start of the San Diego series on Friday when he is eligible to be activated.

“I think anything’s possible. I just hesitate to put a date on it,” Roberts said Wednesday afternoon. “I just want Cody to get better each day and improve and when the staff feels he’s ready to go, then we’ll activate him.”

Bellinger was injured on a play at first base in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-3 win at Oakland on April 5. A’s right-hander Reymin Guduan stepped on the back of Bellinger’s left leg.

Bellinger has not been seen on the field during the Dodgers’ pregame workouts on the homestand except to do agility drills with the training staff. Roberts said Bellinger is able to swing a bat but has done limited running.

“He’s doing a lot of work down below with the trainers and the strength guys,” Roberts said. “Yesterday he did some running, some swinging. There’s some swelling that’s kind of healing as far as the discoloration of the leg. But right now, he’s just not where we feel he can go forward. I know I keep saying day to day. I just really don’t know when the timetable would be to return.”

Meanwhile, in San Diego, the Padres are increasingly optimistic that their injured star, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., will be able to return for the weekend series. Tatis has also been out since April 5 when he partially dislocated his left shoulder and damaged the labrum on a swing. He has been taking batting practice and participating in workouts at full speed.

“We want to play them at their best. We want to be at our best. I think that’s what makes it fun,” Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (who just returned from his own back injury) said about facing the Padres with Tatis. “I’m just glad he’s not seriously hurt. Obviously, I don’t want anybody ever to get hurt like that … and if he gets back in the lineup, it’ll be fun.”

SUSPICIOUS MINDS

Right-hander Trevor Bauer said he has not received any communication from MLB since The Athletic report last week that “suspicious baseballs” with markings and sticky substances on them were allegedly pulled from his start in Oakland – and he doesn’t expect to hear anything.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what the hell that report was about,” Bauer said after his start Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. “Basically if I can explain to everybody what the rule is about – MLB is just collecting baseballs to do a study. Like, they’re not doing anything with them. No one is under investigation.

“There wouldn’t be any communication. They’re just collecting baseballs from every single game and every single pitcher and just doing an internal study. I don’t know why they would communicate with me because nothing was different between my game and the baseballs they took from me and the baseballs they took from every other pitcher that game and the baseballs they’ve taken from every other game this season.”

Roberts said he has seen balls pulled by umpires in every game and is concerned that Bauer is being “singled out.” He said he also has heard nothing from MLB about the matter.

“I have not. And I appreciate that I haven’t,” he said. “I think that it’s kind of what they’re doing in practice, pulling balls and all that stuff is going to be directed towards Major League Baseball and they’ll handle it the best that they see fit.”

PLAYERS ALLIANCE

Dodgers left-hander David Price is one of more than 100 players who will be donating their game-day salary to The Players Alliance when baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day on Thursday. The Players Alliance is a group of current and former MLB players dedicated to outreach in underserved communities, support for racial equity and improving Black representation in baseball.

Price, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were the only players identified in the group donating their salaries. According to The Players Alliance, more than $1 million was raised last year from player donations on Jackie Robinson Day.

It was announced at the home opener that Price was donating his 2020 World Series ring to be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting The Players Alliance efforts.

BUFFALO COMING

Right-handed reliever Brusdar Graterol is scheduled to pitch in a game on Thursday in Arizona then join the Dodgers in San Diego as part of their taxi squad. Players from the alternate training sites in Arizona are playing teams from other sites in exhibition games until the minor-league season starts.

Graterol could be activated from the IL soon after Thursday.


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