For some, file this under not all that surprising. Cody Bellinger, on the injured list with a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side, is a bit behind schedule in his potential return to the active roster. The former NL MVP is eligible to return on Tuesday, but chances are that won’t be the case.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had the update on Friday night revealing that Cody hadn’t made enough progress healing over these last few days to return when eligible.
“It’s progressing, probably not at the pace we would all like. Progress is a good thing. But I just don’t want to box him in to playing on Tuesday. When it happens, it happens. It’s just kind of a day-to-day thing.”
Bellinger has remained with the team on this road trip and is expected to take batting practice in Arizona on Saturday. From there, the Dodgers and Cody have a few options. He could stay with the team and fly home to LA after Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks, or stay behind and continue his rehab at Camelback Ranch, the club’s spring training complex in Glendale, Arizona.
Whatever comes next for the injured centerfielder, it may behoove the Dodgers to take time with Cody. On the season, he’s slashed .159/.237/.291 in 89 games while coming back from offseason shoulder surgery and an early season leg injury. Two seasons removed from a 47 home run campaign, Belli has hit only 9 in 302 at-bats.
Clayton Kershaw is on the hill for LA in Arizona facing D-back ace Zac Gallen. First pitch is set for 5:10 PM PT.