Bellinger is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. The return of Mookie Betts (hip) from the injured list will allow the Dodgers to rest Bellinger in the series finale. With Betts getting the nod at second base in the series finale, Chris Taylor will move to outfield and cover Bellinger's usual spot in center. After missing a pair of contests with a hamstring issue, Bellinger had started each of the Dodgers' last five games, going 4-for-23 with eight strikeouts.
Bellinger went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Giants. Bellinger was hitless all night until he drove a slider over the right-field wall to extend the Dodgers' lead to 8-0. The long ball was his second one of the month and his fifth overall on the year. He has just five hits in 11 games since the All-Star break and is slashing .165/.272/.297 with nine extra-base hits, 21 RBI, 27 runs scored, two steals and 24:50 BB:K over 184 plate appearances. It's unclear if he'll ever break out of this slump, as he's for easily the worst hitting performance of his five-year MLB career.
Bellinger (hamstring) is batting fifth and playing first base Tuesday against the Giants, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Bellinger missed a couple games after tweaking his hamstring Friday but is back in action Tuesday. It will be his first start of 2021 at first base, where he played 258 games over his first four big-league seasons.
Bellinger (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The Dodgers were hopeful that Bellinger would at least be able to play first base in the series finale after he tweaked his hamstring Friday, but Saturday's day off apparently wasn't enough for the 26-year-old to make enough progress from the injury. Though Bellinger is absent from the lineup for a second straight game, the Dodgers remain optimistic that a trip to the injured list won't be in the cards for him. Bellinger should benefit from Monday's off day before potentially rejoining the starting nine for Tuesday's series opener in San Francisco.
Bellinger (hamstring) could start at first base Sunday against the Rockies, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Bellinger was held out of Saturday's contest after exiting Friday's game with hamstring tightness. However, he may be able to start at first base in a return to the lineup. Given Max Muncy's (personal) absence, Bellinger could draw the less demanding defensive assignment and hope that he can return to the outfield when the team starts a series at San Francisco on Tuesday.
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