The last thing the Dodgers need right now is an injury to an important piece. They haven’t fielded their normal lineup since the first week of the year. Ever since Cody Bellinger broke a bone in his leg after being stepped on, they’ve continued to battle the injury bug.
So when Mookie Betts came out of the game on Saturday, Dodgers fans were worried. The superstar outfielder had just skipped the All-Star Game to make sure that he was ready to go for the second half.
But rounding first base late in the game, Betts was in obvious pain pulling into second base. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said sort of downplayed the injury after the game. It’s something that he’s apparently been dealing with all season.
It’s kind of been nagging at him all year. I think a lot of the running of the bases and outfield kind of caught up to him and irritated it a little bit. I’ll have him down tomorrow, and he’ll be ready for that series on Monday.
Betts had just collected his 4th hit of the game on Saturday when he had to come out. But after the game, he said that he felt fine and confirmed it’s something he’s been dealing with.
I’m good, I’m good. Like I said I’ve been dealing with it, I think I just made it a little more mad today than normal. But yeah, I’m fine.
Unfortunately, the timing could not have been worse for Mookie. He was off to a ridiculous start in the second half of the season going 7-for-9 with an absurd 5 extra-base hits. That sort of boost was exactly what Dave Roberts was hoping for out of him.
But the good news is that he appears to be okay, at least for now. The Dodgers are going to need that sort of production out of the top of the lineup when the Giants come to town this week. Trailing them by just 1 game in the west coming into Sunday, this series could be huge.