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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Likely Out For Series Against San Diego Padres

It could be a while before the Dodgers get back their star centerfielder.



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.

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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.

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Written by Daniel Palma

Daniel is an avid sports fan who loves his hometown teams. If he's not watching baseball, you can find him playing or coaching. No matter what, he'll always root for the Boys in Blue!

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  1. The season is still early. The question is will the injury plague him as time goes on. I wish him the very best.

  2. All I can say is to get ready for a tough weekend series with Padres because the Dodgers will also play with 2 players short on the roster due to that infamous ‘day to day’ status with Lux and Pollock.

  3. Bellinger won’t be much of a loss because he was in a chronic slump at the plate. That probably the main reason why he made an all-out effort to get an infield single in a game the Dodgers led by several runs. Cody was desperate to get a hit. The Dodgers don’t need his ice-cold bat in the lineup. Hopefully, later in the season it will be a different story. For right now, however, he is a swing n’ miss.

  4. Get Cody healthy. This is our chance to bury the 3rd place, trash-talking Padres. Before the season their fans were talking a World Series trophy. They don’t have any and we can assure that with a dominant series or a sweep. It took the Pads 52 seasons to get their first no-hitter. The Padres need to learn respect for greatness. Both teams ahead of the Padres have multiple World Series rings during the Padres’ lowly existence.

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