Things might be starting to come together for your world champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The club has won two games in a row and is putting together markedly better games on all sides of the ball. Still, there are some pieces missing that will eventually bolster the roster even more as we head toward the dog days of summer.
One key piece is MVP outfielder Cody Bellinger. The slugger suffered a hairline fracture in his left tibia after colliding with A’s pitcher Reymin Guduan in the fifth game of the season. For the last month and a half it’s been a lot of rest and heal up for Belli, but now he’s showing that he’s close to making his return to the active roster.
To prove it, Cody posted this on his Instagram on Friday morning.
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Thanks to our friends at Ravine Fiends for ripping the video from Cody.
In the last week or so, Dave Roberts had noted that Bellinger was making good progress in his recovery and that he was running at about 60% effort while still avoiding putting full weight on his left leg. Now, in this video we see Cody ramping up the effort and adding hard stops and starts while showing no limp or restraint.
From the looks of it, we may be in the endgame of his time healing and getting into the next steps which is likely a few at-bats on a minor league rehab assignment.
As it stands, the Dodgers are equipped well enough to withstand being without him for another week or so as they play a pair of struggling clubs who are playing under .500 baseball (Miami and Arizona). However, next Friday, LA will head to San Fransisco to play the division-leading Giants for the first time this season. If that’s not a target on the calendar for Bellinger, the next series in Houston against the cheating Astros could also make sense.
There’s still plenty of season for Cody to come back and make an impact as the boys in blue look to take home their ninth straight NL West crown.