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 is 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.
Reports surfaced on Thursday that Bellinger would not be making the trip to El Paso, after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Bellinger would face live pitching for, “a couple days” beginning Wednesday at their alternate training site in Arizona. However, Bellinger is still listed on Oklahoma City’s roster and sources confirm to KTSM 9 Sports that Bellinger has arrived in El Paso and is expected to make another start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will bat second and play center field.
First pitch on Thursday is at 7:05 p.m. with tickets available for purchase here. Saturday’s game is already a sellout.