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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Zach McKinstry to begin rehab assignment

Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) makes a throw after an out against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) makes a throw after an out against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger and infielder Zach McKinstry will start rehab assignments with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

“They’re both ready to go,” Roberts said before Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. “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, 25, has been out since April 5, when he suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg during in the Dodgers’ 10-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

In four games with the Dodgers this season, Bellinger is hitting .211 with no home runs and two RBIs. In 510 career games — all with the Dodgers — the 2019 NL MVP and two-time All-Star has hit .273 with 123 home runs and 320 RBIs.

McKinstry, 26, last appeared in a game in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory at the Seattle Mariners on April 20, when he suffered a right oblique strain.

A rookie who played seven games for Los Angeles in 2020, McKinstry was hitting .296 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games with the Dodgers this year.

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–Field Level Media