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Dodgers Hopeful That Cody Bellinger Can Return For the Padres Series

The timing could work out.



Just before game time on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the Dodgers moved Cody Bellinger to the injured list. The writing was on the walls with Bellinger sitting out the weekend games as well as Monday and Tuesday. But Dave Roberts and the medical staff were still hopeful that he could rebound quickly from the hamstring issue. 

The good news is that they remain hopeful the hamstring strain is not serious. It did not respond to treatment as they hoped, but Roberts noted that the IL designation by the Dodgers was backdated. That would make him eligible to come off of the list on June 22nd. 

The Dodgers open up a series against the Padres on June 21st. They will play them for 3 games in San Diego from Monday through Wednesday. The team is hoping that they will have Cody back for at least 2 of those games. 

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Obviously, the Dodgers would like to be back at full strength in the outfield in a series against the Padres. Despite their recent slide and losing 8 of their last 10 games, the Padres are always a threat in the NL West. 

The biggest thing right now for the Dodgers is getting Cody healthy. They won’t rush him back for a regular-season series against the Padres in June and risk his long-term health. But Doc remains hopeful that it will not have to be an IL stint that exceeds 10 days.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I thought Roberts would never dare to rush their players back without fully being healed. Hmm..

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