Bellinger returns to lineup craving production

August 31st, 2017

PHOENIX -- went from the disabled list to the Dodgers' starting lineup vs. the D-backs on Wednesday, when manager Dave Roberts also confirmed that would be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot-start in the opener of Saturday's day-night doubleheader in San Diego.

Utility man was optioned to OKC to make room for Bellinger, who missed 10 days with a right ankle sprain that the rookie first baseman pronounced was fully healed after he slugged a three-run homer in a Tuesday night rehab game in the Arizona League.

"He says he feels great," Roberts said. "To have him batting fourth in the lineup puts other players in their rightful spot. A guy like Cody, with his power potential, seems to always be looming. It's hard to ignore our ballclub offensively, the win-loss when he's in our lineup [76-21] and when he's not [15-18]. A lot of that is real. He adds a lot to our ballclub."

The news was more muddled on shortstop , who is being held back by management because of a sore right elbow. Roberts said Seager was still available to pinch-hit, but offered no clarity on how long Seager's throwing arm would be shut down. Seager didn't work out on the field before Wednesday night's game.

"I haven't talked to him today," said Roberts. "I planned on having him down today regardless. I know he's getting treatment and he's not going to be throwing. I would assume with the limited activity, there's going to be some improvement."

Roberts also said , who has been on the disabled list all year with a herniated disk in his lower back, has had his rehab stint at Oklahoma City interrupted by a sore neck. Nonetheless, Roberts said Ethier will be activated when rosters expand on Friday.

Worth noting

• Dodgers pitcher and Houston native has made four donations to agencies doing relief work in the wake of Hurricane Harvey: $10,000 to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, $10,000 to the Coalition for Homeless; $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank; and $100,000 to the Bayou City Fellowship.

(finger blister) will make another rehab start this weekend, said Roberts, who added he's hopeful McCarthy can recapture his early season success and claim a role in September.

• Left-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and will miss the 2018 season.