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Dodgers send Cody Bellinger, Brandon Hicks, Corey Brown, Shawn Zarraga to minor league camp

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their roster a bit more after Monday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners at Camelback Ranch, reassigning a quartet of non-roster invitees to minor league camp.

Infielder a Brandon Hicks, outfielder Corey Brown, catcher Shawn Zarraga and first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger were sent down after Monday's game, in which Hicks played second base and went 1-for-1 and Bellinger played first base, going 0-for-1.

Hicks, who spent the last two seasons in the Giants' system, including time on the major league squad in 2014, played third base, second base and shortstop this spring for the Dodgers. He has also mixed in six minor league games and two major league games at first base in his career.

"I've played more of second and third the last couple years, but I feel good at all four spots," Hicks said last week. "You just have to be ready, take ground balls and be prepared."

Hicks was one of just four Dodgers — along with Trayce Thompson, Rob Segedin and Rico Noel — to play 19 games in 19 days so far this Cactus League.

Brown played in 18 games, including time at all three outfield spots, and was 6-for-24 (.250) with a double and six walks this spring.

Zarraga heads down having hit .526 (10-for-19) with a walk in Cactus League play.

Bellinger was nearly as hot, hitting .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, a home run and a team-leading eight walks. It was a solid first impression for the 20-year-old rising prospect in his first big league camp. The 2013 fourth-round pick appears ticketed for Double-A Tulsa after tearing up the California League in 2015.

It made sense for Bellinger to be sent down on Monday, especially now that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is back in camp after helping Team Mexico win their qualifier for the 2017 World Baseball Classic over the weekend.

With these moves, the Dodgers have 41 active players remaining in big league camp, including 21 pitchers, 20 position players.and seven non-roster invitees. But that 41 includes includes injured pitchers Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu and Josh Ravin, all of whom will begin the season on the disabled list.

So there are effectively 13 cuts left to make to get down to the opening day 25-man roster.