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Dodgers: Gavin Lux Looking Forward to Getting Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry Back

Gavin is all about keeping that energy!



On Friday, Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry officially began their trek back to the active roster for the Dodgers. Both players have been rehabbing injuries at the club’s spring training complex in Arizona. Now both have joined the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Triple-A) to start their rehab assignments.

On the topic of Zach and Cody, LA shortstop Gavin Lux joined MLB Network’s Alanna Rizzo on Friday where he said he’s really looking forward to getting two spark plugs back in the clubhouse.

Z-Mac and Belli are a huge part of our team. Just getting those two guys back, they’re two key players, so whenever those two guys go down it hurts, obviously. But to get them back is huge. I think it’ll help us as well from the energy standpoint and Belli and Z-Mac bring that. It’s gonna be a lot of fun getting them back.

The Dodgers stumbled mightily for a stretch this season, particularly after losing Zach McKinstry a month ago, but have found a groove once again. Adding players back into the lineup the caliber of Zach and Cody Bellinger — who Lux called “a freak” (in a good way) — will have a huge impact on the team. Especially on the bench, which has struggled to produce with the current options available.

For now, the team just needs to stay afloat for the next week as it collides with the division-leading Giants for 7 of the next 9 games.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

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  1. Lux is showing now that he can hang against LHP, as he had a couple hits last night and hasn’t looked too over matched. But although Dodgers won 2 to 1 last night the team as a whole continues to struggle against them. That’s why we saw Giants bring in lefty relievers as needed. And if Muncy doesn’t want to be platooned, he needs to step it up against LHP and the same goes for the rest of the lineup. Otherwise Roberts and Dodgers will implement the platoon lineups like they did in 2018 and other past years in which Dodgers fell short against them. But last night was a win thanks to great pitching which held the Giants to only 2 hits and 1 unearned run.

    • Muncy hits lefties very well. Muncy’s career numbers against LHP (.852 OPS) are almost identical to his numbers against RHP (.855 OPS).

      • He does normally but when lineups were released for last night’s game it was brought up that AT THE PRESENT time he was struggling against them so far. Still, Roberts will rest players from time to time anyway. They were surprised he wasn’t in the lineup especially after having another multiple hit game on Thursday.

        • He’s only had 39 at bats against LHP this year, no where near the number of bats to say he’s on the verge of becoming a platoon player.

          • It’s safe to say now, especially hitting his last 2 HR’s against LHP and along with how he’s doing lately that he won’t be a platoon player. Along with Muncy, also Bellinger and Seagrr won’t platoon either. And as I see it Lux will be in there pretty much daily too.

  2. Hope Z Mck. & Belli can rebound quickly because we really need to strength the line-up. There’s automatic outs when Neuse & Peters come up to hit. Too many swing and misses w/ runners on…..shorten the swing, at least put the ball in play! Need to drop JT down in the order. and glad to see CT3 moved up to have production @ the top when he’s hot. JT at the 3 spot has been really terrible and unproductive in bringing runners in. Dodgers been able to put runners on but the 3 & 8 hole are not doing the job, resulting in this tight games. Need more runs to support the SP and not put so much stress on the BP.

    • He is playing everyday…. that’s why I call him the MVP of the Dodgers. Plays any position, any batting order, any day, and switches positions @ moments notice w/ no complaints. A complete baseball player! Hard to replace!

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