Dave Roberts benches Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle

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Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger doubled into “triples alley” at AT&T Park in the fifth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Had he been hustling, Bellinger could’ve — as the name implies — had a triple. Manager Dave Roberts didn’t like the lack of hustle, so he took Bellinger out of the game, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Roberts said, “There’s certain expectations about the way we play the game. When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there who will.” McCullough notes that Roberts spoke with Bellinger previously about his effort.

Here’s the video. Bellinger seemed to think he got enough on the ball for a home run, but he should’ve known better hitting it to that area at AT&T Park.

Bellinger looked even worse by comparison when Gregor Blanco legged out a triple in the bottom half of the fifth. The Dodgers dropped Sunday’s contest 4-2 to the Giants and lost three of four games in the series to their division rival.

On the season, Bellinger is hitting .291/.351/.476 with three home runs, 12 RBI, and 21 runs scored in 114 plate appearances.

The Dodgers continue their road trip on Monday for a four-game set in Arizona followed by three in San Diego. The Giants, meanwhile, finish out their homestand against the Padres before traveling east to play the Braves, Phillies, and Pirates.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.