We haven’t seen Cody Bellinger yet this spring, as he underwent offseason shoulder surgery after his home run celebration in the NLCS. He’s been getting work in the field and most recently in the batters box, and it looks like we’ll be seeing him make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.
When speaking with reporters on Sunday, manager Dave Roberts said that Bellinger will be in the lineup and playing center field on Tuesday. He’ll be back in the lineup on Wednesday, but the plan is for him to DH.
Roberts added that Bellinger is unlikely to see a bulk of time in center field, as they want to slowly work him back to make sure he’s good to go for Opening Day. So, he’ll likely appear in more games as the designated hitter.
“Really good, especially considering he hasn’t seen live pitching some time,” Roberts said when asked how Bellinger has looked recently. “I really like where he’s at. [His swing is] a little bit more open than he was to finish last year, but that’s intentional. He’s getting off good swings.”
Dodgers news and notes
- Dustin May will start for LA on Monday. This will be his second outing of the spring, as he hasn’t appeared in a game since March 2. Roberts said that May is expected to go three innings.
- On Monday morning, a wave of players will be making the move to the other side of camp, clearing up space on the roster as we approach Opening Day.
- When asked about players who have stood out this camp, Roberts mentioned Tony Gonsolin and Dennis Santana
- Oh, and in case you missed it, Clayton Kershaw will be starting his ninth Opening Day