After exiting the game last Sunday in Arizona, Mookie Betts has been sidelined with an issue on his left middle finger, missing the entire series in San Diego. Though there was some fear that the star right fielder could potentially head to the injured list, that was dispelled when the Dodgers released a lineup featuring his name for Friday night’s game against the Giants.
While Mookie is considerably better, he may not be completely out of the woods yet. However, manager Dave Roberts explained to the media before the game that all the necessary precautions have been made.
I think that we did a nice job with Mookie as far as making sure he doesn’t regress as far as the injury. The training staff has done a fantastic job getting him back to health. And Mookie’s a very good patient and eager to get back.
In his first season with Los Angeles, Betts is batting .289 with 2 home runs, 6 runs batted in, and 7 runs scored while mostly batting first and second in the lineup. While the Dodgers were able to happily win the series against the Padres in San Diego without him, the lineup looks a whole lot better with him in it.
As for why Friday was the day that the slugger makes his return to the lineup after more troubling reports early on Wednesday, Doc said that it was a culmination of hard work and perhaps a good night’s sleep.
Mookie is batting second in the lineup on Friday facing off against SF’s Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 9.31 ERA).