Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger left Saturday’s game against the Tigers after landing awkwardly on his right foot, suffering a mild right ankle sprain in the process.
Bellinger jumped to catch a fly ball by Nick Castellanos for the second out of the sixth inning, but came down funky on the warning track in right field. After limping around for a few minutes, and a visit from manager Dave Roberts and trainer Nate Lucero, Bellinger remained in the game to finish the inning.
Yasiel Puig pinch hit for Bellinger in the top of the seventh inning.
The team said Bellinger is day-to-day.
Cody Bellinger said he will live. "No grave necessary," he said. He will get tomorrow off.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 19, 2017
Bellinger didn't sound concerned postgame. He said to @alannarizzo: “It’s feeling good now. Tiny bit swollen, nothing too serious."— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 19, 2017
Bellinger has played in all 101 games since getting called up to the majors on April 25, including 97 starts. He’s hitting .274/.356/.612 with 34 home runs, one shy of Mike Piaza’s franchise rookie record.
Saturday was just his third start of the season in right field, and the first since July 5. Bellinger also started 35 games in left field and 58 games at first base this season.