It’s been a long wait, but both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry are nearing their return to action.
Both players have been out since April with injuries, and the offense has stalled without them in the lineup. While the team has snapped out of their early slump by winning 8 of their last 10, there’s no question they would benefit from the fresh bats of Bellinger and McKinstry.
Prior to Thursday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, manager Dave Roberts shared some good news regarding his two players.
Dave Roberts said that Mckinstry and Bellinger will both play tomorrow night with Triple-A OKC.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 20, 2021
The update isn’t surprising, as the latest news was that both players were closing in on a potential rehab assignment. The only question left is how long before they are ready to rejoin the big league squad, but Roberts doesn’t think it’ll be much longer.
I think they’re both ready to go. I think they’re both bored with the rehab.. they want to get out and play, and we’ll just kind of see how it goes. Taking at-bats, seeing how they recover being on their feet, and then we’ll kind of read and react then.
The Dodgers have had to piece together a bench over the past month, and it could not have gone any worse. They even swung a trade for Yoshi Tsutsugo and signed Albert Pujols to bolster their depth after the likes of DJ Peters, Lukey Raley, and Sheldon Neuse couldn’t show enough to earn their spot.
The Dodgers are currently 25-18, good for third in the NL West. They’ve done just enough to keep pace with the Giants and the Padres while dealing with a barrage of injuries, which bodes well for them once they get back to full strength.