Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger set to return Saturday vs. Giants

Apr 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) starts to slide into third for a triple in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Bellinger, the National League 2019 MVP, will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup on Saturday following an injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Manager Dave Roberts said Friday he expects Bellinger will start in center field for the team’s home game against the San Francisco Giants and that utility infielder Zach McKinstry (oblique strain) will return Saturday or Sunday.

“Obviously it’s not ideal to lose really good players, but everyone is going through it,” Roberts said. “To get them back, it’s kind of like some free agent acquisitions of trade, but just getting them back to the active roster makes us a lot better.”

Bellinger, 25, has been out since suffering a left leg hairline fracture April 5. He carries a slash line of .211/.286/.368 through 21 plate appearances in four games this season.

Now in his fifth season, Bellinger has a .273 career mark, 123 home runs and 320 RBIs in only 510 career games.

Outfielder AJ Pollock (hamstring) will go out on a four-game rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

–Field Level Media