Wednesday night’s game will be the third game without Mookie Betts after he left Sunday’s game early due to a sore hip. Although Mookie would rather help play a vital role for this Dodger team, his body just isn’t on the same page yet.
According to Dave Roberts, Betts is listed as day-to-day as the team hopes to allow some of the inflammation to go down before even thinking of letting him back into the lineup. Roberts also noted that there’s a chance that Mookie could end up needing a stint on the Injured List, after believing that one could be avoided.
“It’s certainly a possibility. I didn’t think it was a few days ago but once we get to a certain point to backdate the three days, it’s a possibility. It’s not ideal but the most important thing is getting Mookie back to 100%.”
If the Dodgers do end up needing to put Mookie on the IL, it would be retroactive a maximum of 3 days back meaning he would only have to spend 7 days on the sidelines. Of course, the Dodgers would want to stay away from such a scenario, but if his hip doesn’t show signs of progress their hand may be forced to doing so.
Although Mookie has been having a down year by his standards, his absence from the field for that long would be a tremendous blow to a team already dealing with a mountain of injuries. The Dodgers swung a move for outfielder Billy McKinney on Wednesday and he’s expected to join LA’s taxi squad today. While his numbers aren’t earth-shattering, he’s a warm, healthy body for a team in desperate need.