28 September (WNN) — Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Cody Bellinger was activated from the injured list on Tuesday, while veteran slugger Albert Pujols moved on to the team’s COVID-19 list.
Bellinger was dropped from IL after missing eight games due to a broken left rib. Despite being active, he was not in the starting lineup for the Dodgers series opener against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Bellinger, 26, is batting just 159 in 89 matches this season. The 2019 National League Most Valuable Player has nine home runs and 34 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Pujols was added to the Dodgers’ COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Pujols recently received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and “just didn’t feel good.”
Roberts noted that Pujol would be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Pujol, 41, has a batting average of .255 home runs and 38 RBIs in 82 games since signing with the Dodgers in mid-May after being released from the Los Angeles Angels.
The three-time NL MVP is fifth with 679 career home runs, just 17 shy of fourth-place Alex Rodriguez on MLB’s all-time homers list.
Entering Tuesday, the Dodgers (100-56) sat two games behind the San Francisco Giants (102-54) in the National League West race.