A quick preface here: it’s been only two games since Cody Bellinger came off the injured list and rejoined the Dodgers’ active roster. In those two games, however, the slugger has gone 0-7 with 4 strikeouts prompting immediate concern from fans. Strangely.
One person who is not concerned — and probably the main person that matters — is manager Dave Roberts. Before first pitch against the visiting Cardinals on Monday, the skipper shared his thoughts on what he’s seen out of Belli so far.
I love the compete in the box. … Cody’s fine. I don’t think I can come in and expect him to just go out there and catch fire. I think he expects that from himself, which is great. But him being a presence and playing Gold Glove defense just makes us better in itself. As he continues to accrue at-bats, he’ll be just fine.
Despite playing a few games early in April, this feels more like the true start of the season for Cody. After getting a late start in spring training following offseason shoulder surgery, the outfielder played in only 10 Cactus League games. And into the regular season, he started 4 of the first 5 games before being shut down with a leg injury. He rehabbed away from the team for 50-something days and saw only 5 games at the Triple-A level before returning to LA.
With all the start and stop, it may still take a few more games over the next week or two before Cody can dial in his swing and start doing damage in the middle of the lineup. For now, it seems that patience will be a virtue for everybody involved.