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Bellinger, Roberts clear air over benching

'I think he respected my decision,' Dodgers manager says
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PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who benched Cody Bellinger for not hustling during Sunday's 4-2 loss in San Francisco, said the pair met following the game to clear the air.

"I thought it was received as well as it could have been," said Roberts. "I think he was surprised, but I think he respected my decision and that's all you can ask for."

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PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who benched Cody Bellinger for not hustling during Sunday's 4-2 loss in San Francisco, said the pair met following the game to clear the air.

"I thought it was received as well as it could have been," said Roberts. "I think he was surprised, but I think he respected my decision and that's all you can ask for."

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Roberts pulled Bellinger an inning after he doubled to the deepest part of AT&T Park. Roberts later said Bellinger should have had a triple but didn't hustle out of the box. Roberts said he had warned the first baseman about not hustling several weeks ago after a fly ball dropped and Bellinger settled for a single instead of trying for a double.

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Afterward, Bellinger insisted that he always hustles and was surprised to be removed from the game. Bellinger said the discipline wouldn't affect him negatively going forward and Roberts indicated the same.

"Right now, I know I moved past it and I'm focused on tonight," Roberts said. "He's in the lineup, I expect him to play well and help us win a ballgame."

Worth noting
• Roberts said infielders Justin Turner (fractured left wrist) and Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) continue to rehab their injuries at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, but neither is ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

• Roberts hasn't announced probable starting pitchers for the Dodgers' series in Monterrey, Mexico, against the Padres, but he said Tuesday night starter Clayton Kershaw won't be pitching.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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