The Dodgers are set to square off against the San Diego Padres this weekend in what is sure to be must-see tv. The rivalry between the two teams has gained some momentum after last year’s heated matchups, with many predicting them to be the two best teams in baseball this season. But while the games will surely be fun to watch, the Dodgers will not be at full strength with Cody Bellinger not likely to make an appearance.
Prior to Thursday night’s come from behind victory over the Colorado Rockies, Dave Roberts was asked about the possibility of Cody being ready to play during the weekend series. For once, the upbeat manager was less than optimistic.
“I’m not going to say zero… but it’s close to that number,” said Dave Roberts on the likelihood of Cody Bellinger playing against San Diego this weekend.
Cody was eligible to come off of the IL as early as today, but it seems that the leg injury has taken longer to heal than they anticipated. And while the team’s initial reports were optimistic about Bellinger being activated in time for the weekend series, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.
In his absence, expect Zach McKinstry to continue to start for the Dodgers. The rookie utility man has been brilliant in the early parts of the season, and he has more than earned the opportunity to start consistently.
The Dodgers will enter the series with a 6-game win streak while the Padres are coming off of a series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.