Bellinger, Turner sit with minor injuries

Dodgers hope to have both stars back in lineup Wednesday

April 17th, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- and were out of the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds because of minor injuries, but manager Dave Roberts said he expected both to start on Wednesday.

X-rays were negative on Bellinger’s bruised right knee after he was drilled with a 95.5 mph fastball from Reds starter Luis Castillo in the third inning on Monday. Bellinger finished that inning and was removed.

Bellinger received treatment and tested the knee jogging in the Dodger Stadium outfield on Tuesday afternoon, but he never sprinted. Roberts said Bellinger would be available off the bench.

“Could he play? Possibly,” said Roberts. “But the way he was moving around, to get him an extra day, have him available off the bench, made the most sense. Hoping he’s in there [Wednesday]. If it continues to respond well, he will be. If not, we’ll push it back.”

Turner played Monday night despite fouling a pitch off his left ankle in batting practice. Because he was favoring the ankle, Roberts said, Turner’s left hamstring tightened. Roberts said Turner would be available off the bench on Tuesday as well.

“After fouling the ball off the ankle, didn’t feel well and played, and while playing there was compensation with the hamstring, and it bled into that,” said Roberts. “Could he play today? Possibly, but to what end? So, he’s available to pinch-hit. Hopefully, he’ll be back in there tomorrow.”

In their places, Alex Verdugo started in right field for Bellinger, Max Muncy moved to third base for Turner and David Freese started at first base for Muncy.

“He’s playing so well, offensively and defensively, and to lose him for any amount of time is always difficult. It could be worse if there was a fracture, fortunately there wasn’t.”

Worth noting

While will make a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday as he returns from a strained left knee, Roberts said , out since last Thursday with a mild strain of his left groin, will not make a rehab start before returning to the rotation.

“We’re going to slot him in the rotation in the next week. I don’t know when,” said Roberts. “He came out of his bullpen feeling very good. What that means right now, I’m unclear. But no rehab start.”

Roberts wasn’t ready to announce when Ryu would start. He is eligible to return on Friday.

Roberts said when Ryu and Hill are back in the rotation, the plan remains to move first Julio Urias, and then Ross Stripling, back to the bullpen. Stripling, an All-Star last year, has been the Dodgers’ most consistent starter.

“Well see how it goes from there, but that’s the plan,” said Roberts. “When that happens, we’ll have that conversation.”