The Dodgers announced they have reinstated the outfielder Cody Bellinger before tonight’s game against the Padres. Infielder Andy burns has been traded to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
Bellinger, who has been out since June 11 with a left hamstring strain, just missed more than the minimum 10 days in IL this time. It was his second season of the year, as the former National League MVP missed most of April and May with a left calf problem. Between IL seasons, Bellinger has been pretty shaky, hitting .226 / .324 / .323 with just one home run in 71 plate appearances. Surely, the Dodgers anticipate that the 25-year-old will find his past form at the plate with the benefit of better health.
Even with very few contributions from Bellinger, the Dodgers are off to the second-best start in the National League (44-29). Yet they are three games behind the division-leading Giants. Consecutive losses to the Padres in third place in the first two games of the series have placed San Diego within a game and a half of Los Angeles’ participation in tonight’s contest.