The Dodgers are hoping to have Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry back soon. The 2 outfielders are currently out on rehab assignments with the Triple-A squad as they work their way back from injuries.
Friday night was the first time both guys were in the OKC Dodgers lineup. They were apparently productive innings for both guys, with Bellinger driving in a run on a base hit. McKinstry drew a few walks and scored twice when Keibert Ruiz went deep.
But on Saturday, the Dodgers are holding both guys out of the lineup. Dave Roberts later clarified that it was a planned move for both players in their path to a return, so there is no indication that there is a need to worry.
It does seem odd to immediately give them a day off, but it also helps the Dodgers to be careful with them. Bellinger in particular has not played in a real game since the second series of the year when he got stepped on in Oakland.
Roberts has already said that McKinstry will be back in the Dodgers before Bellinger. He hasn’t been out nearly as long, so he won’t need much time to get up to speed. McKinstry is expected to come into the game on Saturday night at some point, even though he is not starting.
But the good news is that the Dodgers are just a few short weeks away from having both guys back, and that drastically changes things.