It’s been a long road for the Dodgers trying to get Cody Bellinger back in the lineup. The superstar outfielder went down with an injury back on April 5th and has been out ever since. What started as a day-to-day thing turned into a long stint on the IL when a small fracture was discovered.
But the good news is that Bellinger is back in the Dodgers lineup and 100 percent ready. Dave Roberts said over and over that they would not bring him back until he was at a place where he could hit the ground running. Quite literally.
Bellinger is expected to be in the Dodgers lineup for the next 5 games, leading up to their off-day on Thursday. But there is a chance that Roberts changes his positioning to get him off of his legs at some point. Doc revealed that Belli could see some time at first base again, a position he came up playing.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he could see Cody Bellinger playing the next five games, with one of those likely coming at first base
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) May 29, 2021
While Bellinger has his Gold Glove award for his time in right field, first base is a position that comes very naturally to him. He spent 143 innings there in 2020 during the shortened season for the Dodgers.
Getting some reps at first base will give Bellinger a chance to rest his legs a little bit, which will be needed as he gets back into the grind of a season. But the good news is that he is healthy, and the Dodgers get another big weapon back into their line on a daily basis.