Bellinger has been able to take swings in a batting cage twice per week during MLB's hiatus, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum Sportsnet LA.
In addition to the twice-per-week batting sessions with hitting coach Brant Brown, Bellinger has also been working out in an Arizona gym with teammate Enrique Hernandez. The reigning National League MVP indicated that he is "down for whatever" in terms of rumored plans to restart the season. Bellinger slashed .250/.280/.500 with one home run and four RBI in Cactus League play before spring training was suspended.
Bellinger will be the Dodgers' everyday center fielder in 2020, but he will spend some time at first base as well, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
Bellinger is no stranger to first base -- he played all or part of 36 games there last season. While the reigning National League MVP spent most of his time (115 games) in right field last season, he'll shift primarily to center field (where he logged 25 appearances in 2019) in 2020 while Mookie Betts takes over in right. Still, manager Dave Roberts indicated during spring training that Bellinger will continue to spend some time at first base during the upcoming campaign, which could be a boon to fantasy managers if he is able to play the position enough to maintain eligibility there.
Bellinger hinted at an interest in playing for Team USA in the 2021 World Baseball Classic via his Twitter account last week.
After Marcus Stroman listed Bellinger among a number of players he'd like to see play for Team USA, the reigning National League MVP responded "Let's get it!!" in an apparent display of interest. Though a spot on the team would not interfere with Bellinger's regular season -- the World Baseball Classic is scheduled for March 9-23, 2021 -- he would likely look to garner the consent of the Dodgers organization in order to participate.
Bellinger was originally part of Sunday's Cactus League lineup but was removed due to a scheduling mix up, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Fortunately, the scratch had nothing to do with Bellinger's early-week minor back issue as his inclusion in the original lineup was merely an oversight by manager Dave Roberts. The reigning National League MVP hit his first spring home run Saturday and is slated to start the Dodgers' next Cactus League contest.
Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's Cactus League contest against Oakland.
Bellinger sat out a few days with what he described as "a knot" in his back, but he downplayed the issue from the start and verified that he is fine by hitting a long home run to center field in the sixth inning Thursday. The 2019 NL MVP has gone 5-for-16 with one home run and four RBI in seven spring contests.
Bellinger (back) will start in center field and bat second in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The Dodgers relayed a day earlier that Bellinger was on track to play Thursday, but it wasn't immediately clear whether he would serve as a designated hitter or start in the outfield or at first base. Bellinger's ability to play center field indicates that the Dodgers are satisfied with his health after the 24-year-old missed a few days of action with a minor back issue.
Bellinger (back) will return to play in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Bellinger completed a full workout Wednesday and is set to face off against right-hander Mike Fiers during his return to game action Thursday. The reigning National League MVP appears to have overcome his minor back issue, but he's expected to take a conservative approach to his activity level this early in spring training.
Bellinger (back) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants but will go through a full workout, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Bellinger was scratched from the lineup Monday against the Reds with what was originally called side discomfort. Bellinger himself called the issue "a knot in his back" Wednesday. Regardless of the exact nature of the injury, it appears to be a minor one that isn't likely to significantly impact his preparation for the upcoming season.
Bellingers was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Reds after experiencing side discomfort, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The issue is reportedly minor, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. His status over the coming days is worth monitoring, but it appears as though the Dodgers are just being cautious in order to prevent a more serious issue ahead of the regular season.
Bellinger was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The reason for Bellinger's removal has not yet been given. Matt Beaty was also scratched from the lineup but is reportedly not injured, so it's possible there's no reason to be concerned for Bellinger, either.
Bellinger signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with Los Angeles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Bellinger was named the 2019 National League MVP after slashing .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs and 115 RBI over 156 games. He'll remain a staple of the Dodgers' lineup in 2020. According to DiGiovanna, Bellinger's $11.5 million deal breaks the record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
The 24-year-old received 19 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon for the award. Bellinger hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI and 15 stolen bases last season.
Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over San Francisco.
Bellinger kicked off the scoring for Los Angeles with a 419-foot shot to right field in the second inning. The MVP front runner is slugging .303/.405/.628 with 47 homers, 115 RBI, 120 runs, 15 stolen bases, and a 1.033 OPS in 154 games this season. He leads the majors with a 8.8 WAR.
Bellinger is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
It appears to be a well-deserved day off for Bellinger, who has started the past 20 games, slashing .253/.349/.453 with four home runs and four steals over that span. Chris Taylor is manning center field and hitting third in his place Thursday.
Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a victory over Colorado on Sunday.
Bellinger made the most of his only hit of the game, launching a home run with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The grand slam was the fifth of his career and 46th overall long ball this season. A sizable sample of 27 have come at home, establishing a new franchise single-season record. Bellinger should get plenty of consideration on NL MVP ballots in recognition of his overall brilliance in 2019. In addition to the home run total, he is slashing .302/.404/.628 with 114 RBI, 118 runs scored, 14 steals and a 1.032 OPS in 151 games.
Bellinger went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.
Bellinger drilled a 414-foot solo shot off the right-field foul pole in the eighth inning to put an end to a 12-game homerless stretch. Per MLB Stats, Bellinger has had five such power droughts of 12 games this season, and each has come to an end in the thirteenth game. The 24-year-old has put together an MVP-caliber season, slashing .305/.408/.631 with 45 homers, 110 RBI, 92 walks and 13 stolen bases in 148 games.
Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, a walk, an RBI and a run Tuesday in the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Rays.
Since homering in his first two games of the month, Bellinger's power pace has slowed considerably. His double Tuesday represented his first extra-base hit in 12 games, though his two steals, seven runs and six RBI over that stretch haven't made him a total zero for fantasy managers. Considering that Bellinger is still seemingly seeing the ball well amid the 12-game swoon (14 BB%, 20 K%), it's probably just a matter of time before he begins to heat up.
Bellinger will play center field frequently down the stretch, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts indicated that the move is a nod to Bellinger's defensive range in the outfield. A.J. Pollock is expected to shift to left field to make room for Bellinger, who has played primarily right field this season, with only five of his starts coming in center. The 24-year-old started at first base Monday, however, walking three times and blasting his league-leading 44th home run.
Bellinger went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
With the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, Bellinger quickly tied things up with a solo blast, his 43rd of the year. The NL MVP candidate owns a .310/.411/.653 slash line with 102 RBI in 571 plate appearances.
Bellinger is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Bellinger is 2-for-10 with five strikeouts in his career against lefty Robbie Ray, Saturday's starter for Arizona, so it seems like a reasonable time for a breather. This is Bellinger's first day off since Aug. 4. Chris Taylor, A.J. Pollock and Kristopher Negron are starting in the outfield from left to right, with Jedd Gyorko at first base.
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