The reinforcements are coming, and it looks like it won’t be long until the Dodgers’ starting lineup looks somewhat normal.
While speaking with reporters on Thursday afternoon, manager Dave Roberts said that both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry will be playing with the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Friday as they both begin their rehab assignment.
“They’re both ready to go,” Roberts said. “They’re both bored with the rehab and want to get out there and play. We’ll see how it goes. Seeing how they recover being on their feet. We’ll read and react then.”
Bellinger hasn’t played since April 5 after suffering a hairline fracture in the left fibula. McKinstry hasn’t played since April 20 after suffering a right oblique strain.
They’ll certainly both be welcomed back with open arms as the Dodgers have dealt with numerous injuries this season.
Other news and notes
- David Price will be making the start for the Dodgers in tonight’s bullpen game. According to Roberts, they want Price to go as hard as he can for as long as he can. He wouldn’t give an inning or pitch limit for him.
- Yoshi Tsutsugo will be in the lineup for LA and in left field. Roberts said they want to continue to allow Tsutsugo to get his feet under him and get him accustomed out there. With Matt Beaty having the day off, Roberts views it as a huge benefit having Beaty available on the bench to pinch-hit.
- No update on Josiah Gray, LA’s top pitching prospect. He was shut down last week.