The Dodgers are getting healthy, and that’s very bad news for the NL West. Despite not having a healthy lineup for most of the year, Los Angeles has still put up the second-highest run differential in all of baseball. They’ve also started winning ballgames in consecutive order.
Cody Bellinger has been out of the lineup since the second series of the year after being stepped on. Zach McKinstry has been out of the Dodgers lineup since late April with an issue in his oblique. And now, both guys could be back by next weekend.
Dave Roberts said in a press conference on Sunday that the Dodgers outfielders could potentially join the team against San Francisco next weekend. Doc had previously said that McKinstry would likely be ready before Cody. He did not say if that means McKinstry will join the team before the weekend.
Dave Roberts confirmed that next weekend is a "fair hope" for both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry to return ?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 23, 2021
If the Dodgers get both guys back next weekend, that changes a lot. Not only do you have 2 additional weapons in the lineup, but it moves some important pieces back to the bench. That makes Los Angeles more dangerous later in the game.
You’ll likely see Albert Pujols come off of the bench more in pinch-hit opportunities, as well as Yoshi Tsutsugo. Less productive guys like DJ Peters and possibly Sheldon Neuse might be sent back to Triple-A, depending on matchups.