Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry will be activated by the Dodgers this weekend, with Bellinger starting in center field on both Saturday and Sunday against the Giants.
It’s been a long time coming for the pair, each of whom played in five games with Triple-A Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment. Bellinger has been out since April 5 with a fractured left fibula, and McKinstry last played on April 20.
Both faced Brusdar Graterol in live batting practice with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday in El Paso, about 20 pitches total, with Graterol between 94-98 mph, per manager Dave Roberts. The plan is for Graterol, on the injured list since April 29 with right forearm tightness, to begin a rehab assignment in games with OKC at some point in the current series, which continues through Tuesday.
|2B||Muncy (L)||RF||Yastrzemski (L)|
|1B||Beaty (L)||3B||Voster (L)|
|LF||Tsutsugo (L)||CF||Duggar (L)|
McKinstry is expected to play second base, third base, left field, and right field, as he did when he was active for the first three weeks of the season.
“He’ll arrive with Cody tomorrow,” Roberts said Friday. “I haven’t decided if he’s going to be in there tomorrow. But one of the next two days, Saturday or Sunday, he’ll be in the lineup.”
The Giants are starting right-handed pitchers — Logan Webb and Kevin Gausman — in the final two games of the series.
Outfielder AJ Pollock worked out at Dodger Stadium on Friday, and is expected to join Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment on Saturday. He’ll play three or four games with the Quakes, through Tuesday or Wednesday. “He’ll travel with us, if all goes well, to Atlanta,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers’ homestand runs through Wednesday, then they fly to Atlanta on Thursday’s off day, beginning a weekend series against the Braves next Friday.
Jimmy Nelson could also join the Dodgers on that trip. The right-hander, on the injured list with right forearm inflammation, played catch on Thursday, will throw a bullpen session Sunday, and throw live batting practice on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Roberts said Nelson could be activated Friday or Saturday.