The Dodgers placed center fielder Cody Bellinger on the IL for left hamstring tightness and recalled Mitch White, MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was among those to report. The timing of the injury is unfortunate, as tonight is the first full-capacity game at Dodger Stadium since before the pandemic. Bellinger is eligible to be activated on June 22nd, notes Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
Bellinger returned from a lengthy IL stint on May 29th after recovering from a hairline fracture in his left fibula. Now, he’s back to the IL due to a hamstring injury, which first cropped up last Friday. The Dodgers will again make do without the 2019 NL MVP. This year, that’s generally meant Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts in center field. With Max Muncy hitting the IL on Saturday, the Dodgers’ current first base tandem is Matt Beaty and Albert Pujols. In his 66 plate appearances with the Dodgers, Pujols has a 131 wRC+. The Dodgers are also without star shortstop Corey Seager, who might return early next month from a broken hand.
In recalling White, the Dodgers have gone to a nine-man bullpen after yesterday’s short start from Tony Gonsolin.