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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Fractures Hand, Heading to IL

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be missing Mookie Betts for quite some time as it was revealed following the team’s 3-0 series-finale win over the Kansas City Royals that he had suffered a left-hand fracture.

He won’t need surgery and there’s no timetable for his return.

Manager Dave Roberts said Miguel Rojas will pick up most of the innings at shortstop while Betts is out with Kiké Hernández mixed in, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Miguel Vargas will also be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the empty bench spot.

Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani will likely move into the top spot in the batting order with Betts out.

Betts took a 97.9 mph four-seamer off his left hand in the seventh inning and immediately fell to the ground, visibly in pain. He stayed down for quite some time as Roberts and the training staff looked over him. as replaced by Rojas.

The injury to Betts is gut-wrenching. Not just because the Dodgers lost one of their best players but because he was the favorite to win the National League Most Valuable Player and was having one of the best seasons in his career.

Betts was batting .304 with a .893 OPS this season. He is tied for third on the team with 10 homers. A six-time Gold Glover in right field, Betts has been well on his way to becoming an All-Star at shortstop.

Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.


  1. that clown that drilled him was a Padre at one point, Im sure there was no intention there… (sarcasm)

  2. As usual we take the Don Mattingly approach, hit our player and we do nothing! Even if it wasn’t intentional u have to make statement if ur going to pitch close ur gonna get it in return! Roberts was still thinking of how he was going to explain his way out of throwing Yamamoto knowing he had the tight tricep!

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