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Dodger Notes: Updates on Mookie Betts’ Injury, Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s IL Stint, and More

The Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals will be remembered for one play — if not one sound: the sound of a 98-mph Dan Altavilla fastball striking Betts’ left hand.

Although not season-ending, the injury will rob the Dodgers of their leadoff hitter and starting shortstop for months. Here’s more on that, and all you might have missed Monday:

Mookie Betts Suffers Hand Fracture

The Dodgers received another blow when Mookie Betts fractured his hand Sunday. Betts has been a pivotal player this season, and his absence will be felt in the lineup. Updates on his recovery will be crucial as the Dodgers navigate the coming weeks without one of their leading performers.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto Sidelined with Rotator Cuff Strain

In a concerning update for Dodgers fans, pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff. While not season-ending, the injury requires time to heal, putting Yamamoto on the 15-day injured list. This setback occurs amid an impressive rookie season for the Dodgers’ $325 million pitcher, who has been a key part of their rotation.

Chris Taylor Battles Through Slump

Dodgers’ utility man Chris Taylor is facing the toughest season of his major league career, grappling with significant slumps at the plate. Despite a .108 batting average (and an OPS+ of 2), Taylor remains optimistic and focuses on contributing whenever possible. His perseverance paid off recently with a crucial game-tying homer. This moment could be a turning point for Taylor aiming to regain his form as the season progresses.

MLB Players Endorse Dodgers’ Offseason Investments

A recent survey revealed that most MLB players view the Los Angeles Dodgers’ significant offseason spending as beneficial for the game. Over 90 percent of respondents from The Athletic’s poll appreciated the Dodgers’ financial strategy, arguing that high investments in star players enhance the league’s appeal and competitiveness. The consensus suggests that such spending increases interest and revenue for the sport as a whole.

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JP Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra writes and edits Major League Baseball content for and is the author of 'The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time.' He once recorded a keyboard solo on the same album as two of the original Doors. Follow at

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