The Los Angeles Dodgers have been such a well-oiled machine this spring that you probably haven’t even noticed the missing star power.
It’s quite clear this team has arms for days and reproduces viable relievers through spontaneous generation, though, so we’ll keep waiting.
Offensively? We’re not complaining, but our lives would be much brighter if we had Cody Bellinger back from offseason shoulder surgery. He’s been rehabbing an injury that, fittingly, came from celebrating a tremendous dinger too hard.
Bellinger has been spotted in “action” recently, playing center in the background of back field rehabilitation work, but his return to normalcy is now nearly a reality.
Per Dave Roberts on Wednesday night, Bellinger will likely be in the lineup Tuesday, positioned in dead center.
The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger injury update is alllllllll good.
Wonderful news! The Opening Day lineup is rounding into form, the rotation goes eight deep, and every prospect appears to be an absolute weapon. We can almost taste the Dodger Dogs (at lowered capacity).
Bellinger’s right shoulder surgery took place on Nov. 17, a few weeks after he celebrated an NLCS homer by pounding his forearm into Kiké Hernández’s and seemingly dislocating the damn thing. He popped it back in and persevered (thrived?), but took care of the resulting issues a few weeks after capturing his first World Series.
As far as the rest of the offense, Bellinger’s addition will be a blessing but not an outright necessity.
When Corey Seager’s doing this on a daily basis effortlessly, the team is scalding enough that it doesn’t necessarily need another NL MVP.
The Dodgers are a juggernaut with clout, having finally captured their elusive title last fall in the bubble.
They’d prefer to do it again this year in some more friendly confines, though.
Bellinger’s return, along with the onslaught of good global health news this past month, is simply another signal that we’re moving towards an honest-to-goodness parade in Hollywood this fall.