The Dodgers essentially need to win all 6 games this week in the final stretch of the year. Chasing the Giants by 2 games in the NL West, it looks like their only hope is to win out and hope for San Francisco to stumble when it matters most.
To prepare for this 6 game stretch, the Dodgers are making some moves. They activated Cody Bellinger off of the injured list today after he’s been dealing with hat fractured rib. Today was the first day he was eligible to come off of the IL.
The expectation was that he would not be ready to go today. Dave Roberts said that the Dodgers did not want to put a hard date on him and that Tuesday was not necessarily the goal. He had been progressing a little slower than they had hoped from that rib injury.
Bellinger was activated but is not in the Dodgers lineup on Tuesday evening against the Padres. The move sounds like it was more out of necessity with a spot on the bench opening up in the same move.
The Dodgers sent Albert Pujols to the injured list with an undisclosed injury in the same move that activated Bellinger. No word yet from the team on the injury or how serious that might be. But before this, there were no indications that Albert was working through something.
Bellinger being on the bench after being activated seems to indicate he was activated earlier than planned. More to come on this.