The Dodgers have been without Mookie Betts since August 7th. He took 4 at-bats in that game before having to hit the injured list with his lingering hip issue. It took the team a little longer to actually place him on the IL, but it didn’t really end up making a difference.
Since then, the Dodgers have sent Mookie to other doctors to look at what is going on with his hip. The feedback seems to be that he developed bone spurs which lead to pain in his hip. That generally requires surgery, which could be an option in the offseason.
But for now, the goal is to get Mookie back into the lineup and finish the year with him. And the good news is that the Dodgrs outfielder is trending in the right direction. Dave Roberts confirmed that he would be back to baseball activities as soon as Thursday, which is a big step
But Doc isn’t ready to put a date on his return to action.
I don’t want to put a date on Mookie, but the body is moving well in the weight room. We’ll see where that takes him.
When Mookie does return to the Dodgers lineup, they will have to continue to monitor that hip throughout the year. But with the season winding down and Los Angeles heading towards the playoffs, they shouldn’t have a huge issue with it. Hopefully.
The Dodgers have been able to survive without Mookie and win a lot of games, thanks in part to Trea Turner at the top of the lineup. But they are absolutely better when he’s right there in the heart of the order and out in right field.