The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Cody Bellinger on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 6) due to a left calf contusion and recalled Luke Raley from the club’s alternate training site prior to their home opener on Friday.
Not long before the roster move, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger continued to make progress in his recovery since being spiked earlier in the week. However, Roberts did note it wasn’t significant and Bellinger remained bothered by lingering soreness.
“We did some other tests, more manual, kind of getting him to jog around, move around. There’s steady improvement, not significant,” Roberts said. “I think all the tests that we’ve received, it will be a short-term missing of time rather than the longer term, which is great news all around.”
Bellinger suffered the injury during the ninth inning of the series opener against the Oakland Athletics, then missed the next two games. The Dodgers had Bellinger undergo testing, which ruled out a potential fracture and structural damage in the calf area.
Bellinger is eligible to be activated off the IL on Friday, April 16.
Raley is with the Dodgers and on an active MLB roster for the first time in his career. He’s hit .288 with 46 home runs and 178 RBI over 347 Minor League games since being selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2016 Draft.
Raley was included in the Dodgers’ trade to acquire Logan Forsythe during the 2018 season. He was then re-acquired by the team when they traded for Brusdar Graterol in a reworked trade with the Minnesota Twins before the 2020 season.
Like Bellinger, Mookie Betts also wasn’t in the lineup for the Dodgers’ home opener. He missed the series finale against the A’s due to lower back stiffness and remains day-to-day.
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