Yesterday we heard several Dodgers may return by next weekend. Today brought further confirmation.

Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson could return by Friday, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Despite Saturday night’s heroics, nothing has changed on Cody Bellinger. Dave Roberts said he’ll still likely be demoted in the near future. If Pederson and Forsythe return Friday, that could spell the end of Bellinger’s first cup of coffee in the MLB.

With Andre Ethier and Franklin Gutierrez on the mend, plus Andrew Toles’ struggles, Pederson’s return can’t come soon enough for the inconsistent Dodgers offense. Bellinger was struggling until last night’s two-homer performance, but Roberts has maintained he was promoted in Pederson’s absence, not so he could lockdown a starting role.

Forsythe’s bat was waking up before his DL stint. Having another righty will re-balance the lineup, which is one of the primary reasons the Dodgers relinquished Jose De Leon to acquire Forsythe in the first place.

Their returns may send Bellinger down, but it’s not the last we’ve seen of him this season. And he may return sooner than you think.

The Dodgers won Saturday’s game in a fashion that’s hard to believe, even if you saw it

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