Bellinger's first Dodgers stint likely to be short

April 29th, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Great things are expected from Dodgers' No.1 prospect , just not this time around.

Bellinger, 21, is typically referred to as first baseman ' heir apparent. But he can also play the outfield, and on Friday night he started his fourth consecutive game in left since being called up Tuesday.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, however, made it clear that Bellinger was here as an injury replacement and would be expected to return to the Minors when regulars , and are activated from the disabled list, regardless of how well Bellinger hits.

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"Anything is possible, but I think it was more an opportunity to get his feet wet," Roberts said.

Roberts said Pederson (groin strain), Gutierrez (hamstring) and Forsythe (toe fracture) should all return next week and at least be with the team when they open a three-game series in San Diego next Friday.

Bellinger went into Friday's game against the Phillies with one hit in his first 10 at-bats, an infield single. Roberts wasn't ruling out the possibility that Bellinger could stick if he went on an offensive tear.

"I do know he is here because of injury and these guys are coming back," Roberts said. "We'll get Joc, Logan and Franklin back. It was just a good opportunity to get Cody his feet wet. Do I see him coming back here at any other point? Yeah."

Roberts said Gutierrez could return slightly ahead of Pederson and Forsythe, depending on the pitching matchups in their next series against the Giants.

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was given his first day off of the season on Friday. Roberts said he simply wanted to give him a break.

"It's just nice for a hitter once in a while to get a day off mentally and not have the thought of performing in the night," Roberts said. "He's available off the bench, but hopefully we can stay away from him."

Puig was the only Dodgers player who had started every game.

entered Friday tied with the Tigers' for the most balls batted with an exit velocity of 95-plus mph at 35. The others in the top six include Manny Machado (34) and  , and  (T-33).

• Left-hander (left hip strain) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session and is expected to throw another on Sunday. Roberts wasn't ready to speculate when he might return. 

"How close, I really can't speak to that. He's getting closer."

• Forsythe's progress was encouraging to Roberts. He fractured his right big toe on April 18 and was expected to begin taking batting practice with the team on Saturday.

"Logan's moving around well. The pain is starting to dissipate," Roberts said. "He's taking swings."