Daily Dose: Ring The Bellinger – Yahoo Sports
Every time Cody Bellinger steps on the field, something special can happen.
Just ask Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
“Every time he steps on the field,” Roberts said, “something special can happen.”
Roberts’ remarks came after the latest “something special” happened Saturday, when the 22-year-old rookie hit for the cycle in a win over the Marlins. Incredibly, the cycle was the first for a Dodgers rookie in the team’s long and illustrious history.
Bellinger started it with a single up the middle in the first inning, and he hooked a two-run homer over the right field wall — his league-leading 26th of the year — in a five-run third inning.
He pounded a double off the wall an inning later, narrowly missing a second homer, and in the seventh inning he laced a line drive to right that Giancarlo Stanton missed by inches. Bellinger raced around the bases and made it safely into third to complete the cycle.
“This week has definitely been the top of everything,” Bellinger said. “To start hearing my name at the [Home Run] Derby, and then the All-Star game, it’s definitely something I’ll never forget.”
It should surprise few that Bellinger was able to accomplish the feat, given how much he’s accomplished already. A top prospect coming into the season, Bellinger didn’t even start the year in the majors, making his major league debut on April 25. Since then, all he’s done is produce, slashing .271/.349/.639 with those 26 homers, 61 RBI and 52 runs scored.
Ross Set For Season-Ending Surgery
A rollercoaster season for Joe Ross bottomed out Saturday.
The right-hander, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, was publicly diagnosed Saturday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury that will require season-ending Tommy John surgery. The surgery is set for Wednesday.
Ross had been removed from his Sunday start after 3 1/3 innings with what the team said was “triceps tenderness,” and after the All-Star break he was officially placed on the disabled list. He underwent an arthrogram MRI on Friday, which revealed a full thickness tear of the ligament.
“We knew with the MRI that it was going to be serious,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We just didn’t know to what degree. The arthrogram made it very clear on what happened to it.”
The injury put a disappointing cap on what was a frustrating first half for the 24-year-old. Ross struggled so much out of the gate — he posted a 7.47 ERA in three April starts — that the team demoted him for a few weeks in early May. He returned on May 23 with eight strong innings, but the results over the next two months were mixed. His abbreviated start Sunday left Ross with a 5.01 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 13 starts overall.
The major elbow surgery will likely keep Ross out until at least the second half of next season, and the timing may not allow for the right-hander to return at all in 2018. Rizzo said the team will have a better idea of a timetable after the surgery.