Matt Moore (baseball)

The Dodgers had a plan for Cody Bellinger. That may have all changed.

The Dodgers had a plan for Cody Bellinger. That may have all changed.

The plan followed logic and the plan felt sound. On Friday afternoon, according to the plan, the Dodgers would recall outfielder Joc Pederson from the disabled list. As a corresponding move, the team would send top prospect Cody Bellinger back to the minors. The team would thank him for his efforts, wish him well and prepare to welcome him back later in the season.

That was the plan.

Steinbeck understood how those unravel, and so do baseball teams. The concept of stashing Bellinger in the minors looked curious when he hit two home runs Saturday. It sounded odd when he provided two hits Monday. And it reached the point of absurdity a few minutes past 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the...

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