On Wednesday afternoon, Cody Bellinger provided the Los Angeles Dodgers with one of their lone highlights. While the right fielder hit his 26th home run at Chase Field in Arizona, the team lost the game by a wide margin.
Of course, we will post that here in case you were at the office when it happened.
A majestic homer like that should be seen on the big stage. #VoteCody
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 26, 2019
However – after the game – a little piece of news broke. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register that Bellinger has been bothered by some left knee tendinitis since May.
Late in the game, Bellinger was double-switched to the bench which at first looked like a strange move; even in a blowout. Now, this move makes a bit more sense.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said he took Cody Bellinger out early to "get him off his feet" before 4 games in Colorado. Bellinger has had some tendinitis in his left knee since the Tampa series in May. Bellinger said it has cleared up.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 26, 2019
Moreover, when asked about the knee tendinitis; Bellinger said that the malady has ‘cleared up’. Still, it’s something to keep an eye on as the season wears on.
Furthermore, if you’re one of those fans who has wondered about the recent rest days for Bellinger (two sits within a week, now this on the heels of a complete day off), it begins to add up.
Without going into major analysis, hopefully this isn’t something we hear much more about. Anyone who has had tendinitis in a joint knows it can really be a matter of pain management. At it’s worst, it can be kind of debilitating.
At the current time, Bellinger is hitting .354 with a 1.163 OPS on the year. He’s also approaching a 6.5 bWAR on the season, which already has him approaching all-time Dodgers franchise records in that category at the halfway point.
Players need health and luck along with talent for historic seasons. At this point, fingers are crossed Cody stays in one piece.