After an up and down season, battling through injury after injury, there was concern that Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts might have to undergo an offseason operation on his ailing hip. He had multiple cortisone injections during the season, the second of which helped keep him on the field through the playoffs.
On Wednesday, Mookie confirmed what Andrew Friedman said a week earlier… he won’t be going under the knife.
Mookie Betts told us he won’t require right hip surgery and will just work on rehab to strengthen the area. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) November 17, 2021
Per MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, Mookie added that he has one more checkup coming up but everything has come back “positive.”
“It feels great. I don’t foresee any type of surgery at all. I have to get a checkup one more time to make sure everything is going good, but right now, yeah, everything is going great.”
Mookie hit just .264 in the first full year of the 12-year, $365 million extension he signed with the Dodgers. All told, he still got on base at a solid clip (.367) and slugged a decent amount (.487), but the 131 wRC+ he posted was his lowest since a down 2017 season. He went on to win the AL MVP the following season in 2018, so here’s hoping for a similar outcome next season.
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Turkeys by Mookie
Betts and his soon-to-be-wife Brianna spent their Wednesday afternoon teaming with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Brotherhood Crusade to distribute holiday dinners for 1,000 families.
“I finally got to a spot in life where I can give back,” Mookie said, “and you just never know whose day you can affect with what you can do.”
The 29-year-old has already done amazing work for the LA community since joining the Dodgers in 2020. His charity initiative “50 Feeds LA” through Acts Inspired by Mookie (AIM) and the LADF awarded a grant of $100,000 to Brotherhood Crusade to help provide 400,000 meals for black and brown communities in Los Angeles.