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Dodgers' Cody Bellinger to return from broken leg Saturday vs. Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, shown Aug. 22, 2019, has been out since April 5 due to a hairline fracture in his left fibula. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, shown Aug. 22, 2019, has been out since April 5 due to a hairline fracture in his left fibula. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 28 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Cody Bellinger, who has been sidelined for nearly two months because of a broken leg, will return to the lineup this weekend against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Friday that Bellinger will start in center field Saturday and Sunday against the Giants.

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Bellinger has been out since April 5 due to a hairline fracture in his left fibula. The defending World Series champion Dodgers initially went through a rough stretch without the 2019 National League MVP but had won 13 of their past 15 games entering Friday's contest against the Giants.

The 25-year-old Bellinger had a .211 batting average and two RBIs in four games this season before going down with the injury.

In five rehab games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was 4-for-20 with two home runs, three RBIs and one walk. He also struck out four times.

Bellinger batted .305 with 47 homers during his MVP season in 2019, but he wasn't as sharp during the Dodgers' 2020 championship run. He had a .239 batting average with 12 home runs in that pandemic-shortened season.

Dodgers utilityman Zach McKinstry also is expected to return from injury Saturday against the Giants. Roberts, however, didn't specify how he will use him or if he will start this weekend.

McKinstry has been sidelined since April 22 because of an oblique strain.

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