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Cody Bellinger (hamstring) not in Dodgers starting lineup again

Field Level Media
14 Jun 2021, 05:55 GMT+10

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the visiting Texas Rangers, missing his second game with a left hamstring injury.

The 2019 NL MVP was initially slated to return to the lineup on Sunday, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, but he was not on the team's lineup card heading into the afternoon game.

Mookie Betts will play centerfield and lead off on Sunday, while Luke Raley will start in right and bat seventh. With regular first baseman Max Muncy moving to the injured list on Saturday, Bellinger was expected to see action at first base, but in Sunday's lineup Matt Beaty got the start, hitting fourth.

Bellinger, 25, exited in the fifth inning of Friday's 12-1 victory over Texas after hitting an RBI single to center field. He hobbled to first base and immediately was removed for pinch runner Zach McKinstry.

Bellinger was playing in just his 12th game since returning from a hairline fracture in his left leg. He had collected a hit in five of his past six games, and is batting .226 on the season with one home run and 10 RBIs.

In 522 career games with the Dodgers, the two-time All-Star is a career .272 hitter with 124 home runs and 328 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

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