It’s no secret at this point that the Dodgers offense is in need of a boost. Entering Friday night’s game, they’ve tallied just 10 runs in the last 5 games. And while part of that can be attributed to good pitching, it’s clear there is an issue.
Injuries certainly haven’t worked in the Dodgers’ favor early on. That much was clear when Zach McKinstry and Chris Taylor were a late scratch on Thursday with back soreness. Having your former NL MVP out of the lineup doesn’t help either.
But the good news is that Cody Bellinger is slowly working his way back. The Dodgers outfielder took a big step in his recovery prior to Thursday’s game by taking live batting practice on the field with the team.
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Bellinger admitted before the game Thursday that he can’t quite do all baseball activity yet. Recovering from a hairline fracture in his tibia, Bellinger can’t quite run without feeling some discomfort. The Dodgers are obviously playing it as safe as possible this early in the year.
Bellinger wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off of the ball when he was healthy, but the Dodgers desperately need a boost. Having so many guys fighting injuries at one time makes it really difficult to win any series. But they have found a way thus far.
Get well soon Cody, we need you out there.