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Storylines: Dodgers bring up Cody Bellinger

The Dodgers are looking for a spark with the loss of Joc Pederson for a little bit of time and have turned to top prospect Cody Bellinger to help provide it. That and all the other news and notes from around the league on Tuesday...

Top Storyline:

- Another top prospect is coming up to the majors. The Los Angeles Dodgers are plunging into their farm system and are promoting top prospect Cody Bellinger per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The Dodgers’ #1 prospect, courtesy of MLB.com, is expected to see a lot of playing time in the outfield as the Dodgers need a left-handed hitting option in the outfield with center fielder Joc Pederson set to miss some time due to a groin strain. The left-handed hitting Bellinger is capable of playing all three outfield positions and also has some experience playing first base, though he will only see time there when Adrian Gonzalez needs a day off as he is firmly planted at first base. Bellinger is expected to become the full-time first baseman when Gonzalez’s contract is up but for right now the prospect is expected to see most of his time in the outfield. So far he is off to a blistering start in Triple-A ball as he is hitting .343/.429/.627 along with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs in just 77 plate appearances with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. It remains unclear how long he’ll be with the Dodgers but they are clearly hoping for him to come in and take the league by storm and become another dynamic young part of their team such as the way Joc Pederson and Corey Seager did recently.

Other Storyline:

- Negotiations revolving around a potential sale of the Marlins are gaining steam as conversations between ownership and a potential purchase group headlined by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush are moving along at a nice pace per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. It is being reported that both sides are optimistic about a deal getting done and a change in ownership may be coming sooner than later.

- The Boston Red Sox are sending third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain per a club announcement. Infielder Josh Rutledge is expected to become the everyday third baseman for right now with infielder Marco Hernandez also sharing time there. It appears there is some serious swelling in his right knee so a timetable for his recovery is not yet determined. Sandoval was making great efforts to regain his all-star from his time with the San Francisco Giants although the results were telling a mixed story as he was only hitting .213/.269/.377 with three home runs as well as suspect defense at the hot corner.

- Red Sox ace lefty David Price is set to face live batters in the upcoming weekend per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. He recently went through a 45-pitch bullpen session without any issue so he seems to be doing well in building back up his arm strength. A clearer timetable for his return is expected to be determined after his weekend throwing session.

- The Oakland Athletics have placed center fielder Rajai Davis on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain per a team announcement. The Athletics do not view the injury to be serious but see no reason to not give the veteran outfielder some rest as he is batting a mere .214/.262/.375 slash line to go with one home run and one stolen base.

- San Francisco Giants southpaw ace Madison Bumgarner will apparently not need surgery on his left shoulder per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. It’s good news that he doesn’t need surgery and will reportedly begin rehab in a few days.  He’s still a long ways away from being ready to get back on the mound but the first round of tests are encouraging for the Giants.


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