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Cody Bellinger is about to face live pitching

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Return to game action is expected by next week

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Cody Bellinger is expected to swing a bat against live pitching either Wednesday or Thursday, his next step after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Bellinger has been limited to defensive drills and tracking pitches but not swinging thus far in spring training, at least not against pitching. Bellinger had surgery on November 17 to stabilize his right shoulder that he’s dislocated on multiple occasions, including after celebrating his pennant-winning home run in Game 7 of the NLCS.

The timetable remains the same for Bellinger that it was at the beginning of camp, that he will likely see his first Cactus League game by next week.

“In about a week, something like that, the 14th or 15th, we’re expecting to see him in a major league baseball game,” said Dave Roberts, who noted that Bellinger would likely split time between designated hitter and center field in his first few spring games.

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