Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger expected to make final rehab start in El Paso


FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat as he runs to first after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Los Angeles. the National League MVP figures to come down Christian Yelich of the Brewers and Bellinger, with Anthony Rendon of the Nationals possibly in the mix as well. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The perks of having Triple-A baseball in El Paso is seeing some of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) best at Southwest University Park in rehab assignments. That was expected to be the case in El Paso on Thursday night with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Cody Bellinger, penciled in to make his final rehab start at the downtown ballpark against the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Bellinger hasn’t been in the Dodgers’ lineup since April 5 when he suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula. He has played in just four games, but Los Angeles has managed to stay in contention in a competitive National League (NL) West Division at 30-18 this season, just 0.5-game back of the Chihuahuas’ parent club, the San Diego Padres.

After nearly two months and four rehab starts with Oklahoma City, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, the 2X MLB All-Star is expected to rejoin the big league team this weekend. In 19 at-bats with Oklahoma City over the course of the last week, Bellinger has launched two home runs.

There are reports Bellinger is already on the move, but not to El Paso. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, Bellinger will not be making the trip to El Paso, but instead, will make his way to Camelback Ranch in Arizona where he’s expected to face live pitching on Thursday and Friday. As of Wednesday, Bellinger is still listed on Oklahoma City’s roster.

Whether he makes an appearance in El Paso or not, the Chihuahuas much-anticipated series against Oklahoma City will be the first game at Southwest University Park at full capacity in nearly two years. First pitch on Thursday is at 7:05 p.m. with tickets available for purchase here. Saturday’s game is already a sellout.

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