Bellinger not hurt golfing, back in lineup

March 5th, 2020

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- wants everybody to just chill.

The Dodgers MVP insists he didn’t get hurt playing golf; he just had a knot in his back and he’s fine, even though he was not in the starting lineup on Wednesday, missing a second consecutive Cactus League game. Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger would be in the lineup on Thursday, and he was, batting second and playing center field.

“No, I did not,” Bellinger said on Wednesday when asked if he suffered a golf injury. “I didn’t even hurt myself. I had a knot. I’m 100 percent. I’ve got a full practice today.”

After Mike Trout crushed a drive at Albert Pujols’ Top Golf fundraiser on Sunday night, Bellinger’s max-effort follow-up went viral. When he was scratched from Monday’s lineup, dots were obviously connected that he was hurt trying to be like Mike.

“It makes sense,” Bellinger said of the suspicion. “I understand, but that wasn’t the case. I’m 100 percent. You guys can write that: the 100 emoji.”

• Infielder Chris Taylor said he’s been shut down again after experiencing a setback with his sore left shoulder.

Taylor missed three games with discomfort above and below his elbow and in his first game back on Thursday, was hit by a pitch in the shoulder. He played two days later but felt compromised and decided it didn’t make sense to play in a spring game until he feels 100 percent.

• Former Dodger Cesar Izturis is in camp as a guest instructor, the first time he’s worn the Dodger Blue in 12 years.

Former Dodger Adrián González also was a Camelback Ranch visitor.

• In the 4-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night, the Dodgers received scoreless innings of relief from Joe Kelly, Pedro Báez, Scott Alexander and Brusdar Graterol.

Up next
Walker Buehler makes his second start of the spring when the Dodgers face the A's on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. PT (watch live on MLB.TV). He worked two shutout innings his first time out. Right-hander Mike Fiers is scheduled to pitch for Oakland at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.