LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, baseball’s hottest hitter to begin the season, exited shortly after absorbing a pitch to his right knee in Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Bellinger was plunked by a 96 mph fastball from Luis Castillo in the bottom of the third. He remained in a crouch position while being checked on by team trainers, limped slowly to first base, then remained in the game after a light jog up the right-field line.
The next half-inning, Alex Verdugo replaced Bellinger in right field.
Bellinger drove in the Dodgers’ first run in the bottom of the first, giving him 22 RBIs in 18 games to go with a league-leading nine home runs. His slash line is .433/.513/.925.