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.
Confirmed both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry are present in Albuquerque and will be in the @okc_dodgers lineup tonight to begin rehab assignments.
Bellinger batting 2nd, playing CF.
McKinstry batting 3rd, playing LF.#Dodgers
— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) May 21, 2021
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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