Dodgers Roster: Dave Roberts Provides Update on Mookie Betts Injury Status
When Mookie Betts first hit the injured list last weekend with a cracked rib, there was no timetable for return. Earlier this week, it was suggested that Betts could be back in a couple of weeks. On Sunday, any hopes of Betts coming back any time were dashed.
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Betts’ rib injury hasn’t improved (quotes OCR’s Bill Plunkett).
“Mookie Betts was given permission to leave the team this weekend to attend a wedding. Will go back to LA and not travel to Colorado for Dodgers series there. Injured rib is “the same” per Dave Roberts. Not cleared to start baseball activities any time soon.”
In a subsequent tweet, Plunkett reported that Doc “acknowledged” that Betts returning in about two weeks is “not proving to be realistic”.
That’s not exactly the news that Dodgers fans wanted to hear. Although Trayce Thompson has performed admirably after being acquired by the Dodgers on June 20th, replacing a superstar is impossible.
Especially a superstar who’s primarily batted leadoff.
Betts cooled off considerably in June, but in the month of May, he was one of the best hitters in all baseball. Mookie slashed .342/.411/.746 and tallied 12 home runs and 27 RBI.
Based on Roberts’ comments, it sounds like the Dodgers are going to have to get used to life without Mookie Betts for the foreseeable future. At the moment, it seems like best case scenario is Betts returning after the All-Star break.
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