The Dodgers are finally starting to rack up the wins, and all while playing without some of their most important bats. Cody Bellinger has missed all but four games this season with a fracture in his leg, leaving the team without an MVP-caliber bat in the middle of their lineup. In addition to that, the Dodgers have also been without Zach McKinstry and Corey Seager for extended periods.
This past weekend, Dave Roberts was optimistic that the team would be getting back both Bellinger and McKinstry in short order, potentially by this upcoming weekend. And during Tuesday’s pre-game press conference, he all but confirmed that at least Cody Bellinger would be back up if he continued to progress and stay healthy.
Doc said that it still fair to say that Cody Bellinger could be back by this weekend.
He hit another homerun at Triple-A today.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 25, 2021
Speaking of Cody, here’s the home run that he hit on Tuesday afternoon as he continues to trend toward rejoining the Dodgers.
Both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry have looked healthy during their rehab stint with AAA OKC, which bodes well for a Dodgers team that has had to piece it together offensively. If both players are able to return at full strength, this team will look even scarier than they already do.
In all likelihood, DJ Peters and Sheldon Neuse will be the first players to leave the active roster as Zach and Cody make their return to the lineup. However, with the team carrying 14 pitchers at the moment, one of Edwin Uceta, Alex Vesia, or Phil Bickford could be sent out.
After one more game in Houston, the Dodgers return home to Dodger Stadium for 4 against the rival Giants.