The Dodgers begin a critical three-game set with the San Diego Padres on Monday, and it’s sure to be must-see tv. Both clubs have been fighting to be the best in the west all season long, but it’s been a struggle for both clubs due to injuries.
For the Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr has struggled to stay healthy consistently. He reaggravated the partially dislocated shoulder this past week and is now questionable for the series versus LA. On the other side of the coin, the Dodgers have been without several All-Stars of their own for large parts of the season as well.
While Tatis is questionable for the three-game series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had some good news to share when asked if he was optimistic about getting some of his players back in time for this next set of games.
I am. I don’t know which days yet, but both [Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy] I expect to be activated some time next series.
Cody Bellinger has missed the last week with a hamstring issue, but he’s shown enough progression to be activated in San Diego. As for Max Muncy, the oblique issue that didn’t seem to be a big deal turned out to be.. well, a big deal. It was enough to keep him out of games for over a week, and the progression has been very slow as the team has been cautious with it.
Both players have put in the work, however, and should be cleared for game action in time for one of the biggest series before the All-Star break. It’s not as if the Dodgers have been struggling without their big bats, as they have an 8-2 record in their last 10 games to prove it. Getting back two main pieces to the puzzle, however, will go a long way in finding some consistency for a change.
All three games against the Padres are set to start at 7:10 PT starting Monday and running through Wednesday night. The Padres currently lead the season series 4 games to 3, but both squads are in much different places now than they were the last time they played in April. Expect it to be a fun and competitive three days from two of the best teams in baseball.