The Dodgers had to try and beat their division rival Giants on Monday without Mookie Betts. For the second consecutive day, Betts had to sit out with some soreness in his hip. Betts was removed from the game on Saturday after pulling into second base with a limp.
Betts was originally supposed to be in the lineup for the Dodgers on Monday night. But just about an hour before the game, he was scratched due to his lingering sore hip. Zach Reks was forced into action as a result.
Oddly enough, Betts entered the game in the 9th inning to hit. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts later cleared up why he was able to hit and gave a litter more clarity in the plan for him. The good news is that it sounds like a trip to the injured list is not in the cards.
I don’t think that’s a consideration for us. The hitting is not a problem it’s kind of the running, lot of running. It’s not that serious so I expect Mookie to be in there tomorrow. We wanted to stay away from him but swinging the bat, no problem. But I think tomorrow he’ll be back in there.
Missing 2 games had Dodgers fans worrying that Betts might be headed for an IL stint. Given the way this season has played out with the team’s player health, adding Betts to the list would really hurt. Especially given the hot streak that he has been on as of late.
If the Dodgers once again do not have Betts in the lineup on Tuesday, then the plans could change quickly. But Doc did note that he expects Mookie back in the lineup presumably playing right field and leading off as always.