Dodgers Injury Notes: Cody Bellinger, Brusdar Graterol, Gavin Lux, More

No question, the opening game of the San Diego series on Friday evening was perhaps the most exciting contest of the year so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers, living up to the hype that was thrown upon these two teams by most of the national media.

In case you missed some of the conversations leading up to the final out, there was some news that broke which had impacts on several of the Dodgers’ current injuries.

The biggest news of the day surrounded Cody Bellinger when skipper Dave Roberts told reporters that scans indicated a break in his left fibula—not a bruise that was initially diagnosed.

Roberts explained that there is no exact timetable for a return, but he’s hoping to have Bellinger available within a week or two.

“I can say comfortably that it’s not a day-to-day thing,” Roberts said on Friday. “We can kind of just put it on the backburner, let Cody do his rehab and join us hopefully soon.”

Bellinger suffered the injury when former Los Angeles farmhand Reymin Guduan stepped on his leg at first base in an interleague matchup early last week.

Since Bellinger’s injury, the Dodgers have used all three of Chris Taylor, AJ Pollock, and Mookie Betts in center field. For the season, Taylor has already logged nine appearances in center.

Another development on Friday saw reliever Brusdar Graterol joining the team’s taxi squad, but the good news for the righty flamethrower is that he might be activated to the 26-man roster as early as the middle game of the series on Saturday.

Before Friday’s contest, Roberts told the media that Graterol’s activation would depend on how many pitchers the Dodgers used in the opener. As it turned out, Los Angeles sent seven pitchers to the mound in the 12-inning victory, including one-plus innings from both Kenley Jansen and the eventual winner, David Price.

To the contrary, there have been rumblings the Dodgers may activate lefty reliever Alex Vesia ahead of Saturday’s middle game.

TBPC profiled Vesia in late February.

In other news, infielder Gavin Lux has been dealing with a wrist injury and is listed as day to day for the San Diego series. Roberts said that he believes Lux was improving and that he was available to run or play defense in the opener, but not available to hit.

Pollock is also still listed as day to day after dealing with some minor groin issues when running the bases against the Rockies in the series finale on Thursday.

“AJ went down the line early in the game to leg out a single and his left groin tightened up a little bit,” Roberts said after Thursday’s contest.

Zach McKinstry started at second base for the Dodgers on Friday. Raley garnered another start in left field.

There are still no new developments regarding any progress on either Joe Kelly or Tony Gonsolin.

In Saturday’s middle game, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw will be opposed by San Diego righty Yu Darvish. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Pacific time.

Envisioning a Dodgers Infield Five Years from Now

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If there’s one main, recurring theme we keep hearing about the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s undeniably the concept of player depth. There are some fans who may actually be growing tired of the term, but it’s definitely one of the primary reasons the club has succeeded so much in recent years.

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Dodgers Roster: Exploring the Second Base Possibilities for 2021

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At the beginning of every winter, there seem to be conversations galore about which player will hold down the fort at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as there are always new players entering the discussions, from prospects in the organization to free agents to some of the wildest trade candidates across the league.

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Three Dodgers with Something to Prove in 2021

T-minus two weeks now until the Los Angeles Dodgers open their 2021 season against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

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Thoughts Surrounding Dodgers and DJ LeMahieu

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While the baseball world is sitting back and waiting for the first big dominoes to fall this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers are positioned as one of the biggest threats to nab a marquee free agent.

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5 Big Questions Surrounding Dodgers’ 2021 Infield

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Without question, the Dodgers still boast one of the most talented rosters in baseball heading into the 2021 campaign, even though there is still work to do regarding player personnel.

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How Exactly Does Gavin Lux Fit into Dodgers’ Roster Picture?

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After the Dodgers optioned righty pitcher Mitch White back to camp on Saturday morning, the team recalled Gavin Lux back to the big league club, leaving many fans wondering how the rookie infielder might fit into the roster picture moving forward.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Jake McGee Signs One-Year Deal, Gavin Lux Optioned

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With one exhibition game left before the Dodgers begin their regular season Thursday against the Giants, the front office made a few personnel moves Tuesday morning.

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Gavin Lux, Jeter Downs Both Ranked as Top 10 Shortstop Prospects

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If you missed my column yesterday, it basically talked about how Kody Hoese and Michael Busch were among the emerging prospects of the Dodgers, as both were ranked inside MLB.com‘s Top 10 list at their respective positions. This morning, the shortstop rankings were revealed, listing rookie Gavin Lux as the baseball’s best shortstop prospect with 21-year-old Jeter Downs not far behind in eighth place.

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Lux, Smith Make Remarkable Jump from Minors to NLDS Playoff Roster

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At the beginning of 2019 spring training, no one knew for sure who would be patrolling the keystone for the Dodgers by the time Opening Day rolled around. Many felt that it would be a combination of players. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor would battle it out for the bulk of playing time while Max Muncy—who was considered a defensive liability by many—was also in the mix for reps.

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