Cody Bellinger clears the air with Dave Roberts, returns to Dodgers’ lineup

first_img“I thought it was received as well as it could have been,” Roberts said of his message. “I think he was surprised but he respected my decision, and that’s all you can ask for.”Bellinger was back in the lineup on Monday, batting cleanup against the Diamondbacks.INJURY UPDATESJustin Turner’s broken right hand is showing continued improvement, Roberts said, and the third baseman is still swinging off a batting tee.“As I understand it the soreness has continued to dissipate, the strength in the hand has continued to increase,” Roberts said. “There’s still no timetable when he’s going to go out on rehab or take live batting practice, but from what I understand it’s getting better every day.” …Infielder Logan Forsythe hasn’t had any setbacks since resuming his throwing program over the weekend, Roberts said. He will need a minor league rehabilitation assignment before he returns, but no date has been set. … Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers’ other starting position player on the disabled list, is also with the team. General Manager Farhan Zaidi said that Turner, Forsythe and Puig could all return in the next two to three weeks.ALSOThe Dodgers announced two non-roster participants for their weekend trip to Monterrey, Mexico: Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela, and injured left-hander Julio Urías. The two Mexican-born pitchers will take part in MLB’s media events, the team announced. …The Dodgers haven’t announced their rotation for the three games against the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, but Roberts said Clayton Kershaw will not pitch in the series. If the current rotation holds, Kenta Maeda will start Friday’s, game. Ross Stripling’s turn in the rotation will come around Saturday. Kershaw would have been able to start Sunday on regular rest. …Infielder Gavin Lux, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2016, was named the California League Player of the Week after a strong showing for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga (.417, four doubles, HR, six RBIs).Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching PHOENIX — One day after he benched first baseman Cody Bellinger for not hustling out an extra-base hit, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has “moved past” the incident.Bellinger said after the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Giants that he respected Roberts’ decision. He also defended his choice to hold up at second base rather than try for a triple on a fly ball to the right-center field gap, known as “Triples Alley” at AT&T Park.“We were down four runs, I’m not trying to make an out on the bases going to third,” Bellinger said Sunday. “I’m never going to dog that. Obviously, it’s ‘Triples Alley.’ That’s what they call it. We’re down four. … That was my reasoning. … It was his decision. I can’t say anything against it.”Roberts said he and Bellinger spoke after the game. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense last_img

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