The Los Angeles Dodgers There will be no star power puncher Mookie Betts for a while after he fractured his ribs, which would put him on the injury list, Manager Dave Roberts announced on Saturday night.
Betts, 29, is believed to have sustained the injury in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels when he collided with teammate Cody Bellinger off the field. Betts ended the game, but sat out Friday and Saturday games against the Cleveland Defenders.
“You’re taking one of baseball’s best players out of the lineup,” Roberts said Saturday, via ESPN. “It’s a huge blow, but at least we know what we’re dealing with and we’ll get him back sooner rather than later.”
Betts is in decline with just three hits in his last 39 games in bat with eight strikes and no walk. The dry weather reduced the Betts batting average from 0.311 to 0.273.
On Saturday, the Dodgers switched left-winger Chris Taylor to fill in Betts in the right position. Gavin Lux replaces Betts on the left flank. The Dodgers said a recovery time for Betts is yet to be determined.