After a quick stint on the IL with a rib fracture, Cody Bellinger is once again active for the Dodgers. The move came Tuesday afternoon after Albert Pujols was added to the Covid IL with symptoms related to his second vaccine.
Seeing Cody back in the lineup is encouraging, especially after it appeared that he might miss significant time due to the injury. It doesn’t, however, mean that he is fully healthy.
With Gavin Lux remaining in center field for Tuesday’s series opener against the Padres, Dave Roberts was asked pregame if this was something to expect going forward.
I’m not sure yet. I think that we have a lot of good options. I think that Gavin is playing really good baseball. He’s getting better each day in the outfield. Cody is active. He took batting practice on Sunday, and he looked good. He’s not at 100 percent, but he’s pretty dang near close to it. So, he’ll be available in any capacity tonight.. we’ll see how it goes.
Prior to going on the IL, Cody was hitting a mere .073 in the month of September – that’s 3 hits in 46 total plate appearances. To say that he has been struggling is an understatement, but the team remains hopeful that he can turn it around in time for the postseason.
2021 has not been kind to the former MVP, but injuries have played a large role in his struggles. Off-season shoulder surgery did not allow him to train as he would have liked over the winter, and he just never found a rhythm at the plate. Luckily for both him and the Dodgers, his defense has helped him remain a staple in the lineup while he continues to search for his offense again.