Craig Counsell Provides Amazing News With Cody Bellinger Injury Update

The Chicago Cubs will have Cody Bellinger back in the starting lineup after missing the last two weeks with a rib fracture.
Mar 31, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger (24)
Mar 31, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger (24) / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs received excellent news on the injury front ahead of Tuesday night’s contest against the San Diego Padres.

Cubs manager Craig Counsell said on 670 The Score that Cody Bellinger be activated tonight from the injured list and will be the designated hitter, per Bruce Levine. Bellinger will be a great addition to the Cubs’ lineup after they were held to three runs on seven hits in Monday night’s loss.

The 28-year-old outfielder has been sidelined since April 23 due to a rib fracture injury that he suffered against the Houston Astros. Bellinger collided with the wall in center field at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning, causing him to miss at least two weeks of action.

To take Bellinger’s spot on the roster, the Cubs recalled top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong from Triple-A Iowa. The 22-year-old Armstrong slashed .216/.231/.351 with two doubles, one home run, and seven RBI over that 13-game span.

As for Bellinger, he’s gotten off to a slow start this season after being one of the hottest hitters in the majors during the second half of the 2023 campaign. This season, the veteran outfielder is only hitting .226 with five home runs and 17 RBI.

It will be interesting to see when the Cubs put Bellinger back in the field as that could mean less playing time for Crow-Armstrong, who is a good defender in the outfield. However, the Cubs are still waiting for the return of Seiya Suzuki so that gives Crow-Armstrong some more time in the outfield, while Bellinger gets back up to speed offensively.

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