The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t exactly need the full core playing every night given they have the best record in baseball, but the club got a familiar face back when it activated Cody Bellinger from the 10-day disabled. In a corresponding move, catcher Kyle Farmer was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Bellinger tweaked his ankle back on Aug. 19 against the Tigers when he stepped awkwardly on the warning track while making a catch.
There isn’t much more to say about the work Bellinger’s put in at the MLB level at the tender age of 22. He was called up on April 25 and hasn’t looked back, ringing in National League Rookie of the Year honors twice, a cycle on July 15 and an All-Star bid despite starting the MLB season a little later than normal.
The left-handed slugger has already crushed 34 homers in his first 101 games while also driving in 79 runs, not to mention he’s accrued a 4.0 WAR up to this point. Furthermore, Bellinger had multi-homer games four times in his first 45 contests, becoming the quickest in MLB history to achieve said feat.
The Dodgers are 4-5 since Bellinger went down.
Farmer is 4-for-12 at the plate this season, his first action at the major league level. It didn’t take long for him to earn the approval from Dodgers fans: In his debut on July 30, he smacked a game-winning, two-run double in his first at-bat against the San Francisco Giants.
Farmer was drafted in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Dodgers.