Dodgers' Mookie Betts heading to injured list with cracked rib as the injuries mount for Los Angeles

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After being scratched from Friday’s and Saturday’s lineup with rib pain, Los Angeles Dodgers star ideal fielder Mookie Betts will on Sunday be put on the hurt list with a broken rib, supervisor Dave Roberts informed press reporters following Saturday’s win over the Cleveland Guardians (LA 7, CLE 1). It’s uncertain for how long Betts will be sidelined.

“Mookie was getting ready to prepare for the game today, this morning, and couldn’t quite loosen up,” Roberts stated Saturday (video). “We ended up obviously scratching him from the lineup and he ended up getting some imaging and an MRI scan, and it revealed a cracked rib. He’s going to go on the IL tomorrow and the time to return is basically TBD.”

The injury can be traced back to Wednesday’s video game versus the Los Angeles Angels, when Betts hit center fielder Cody Bellinger on a Taylor Ward fly ball in the very first inning. Betts remained in and played the remainder of the video game. The Dodgers had an off-day Thursday prior to Betts was scratched Friday and Saturday.

Betts went through X-rays Friday that did not expose the fracture. It wasn’t up until the MRI scan Saturday that the fracture was found, showing it’s most likely a hairline fracture than a big break. Either method, he will miss out on a minimum of 10 days, and possibly a lot longer depending upon the seriousness of the fracture.

The Dodgers are currently without their finest beginning pitcher (Walker Buehler) and finest reducer (Blake Treinen) for a lot of, if not all of the remainder of the season. Losing probably their finest well-rounded position gamer for any length of time might be ravaging. Los Angeles is 7-10 in its previous 17 video games and has actually fallen under a virtual tie atop the NL West with the San Diego Padres.

Chris Taylor currently plays left field practically every video game, so he’s not truly a prospect to play ideal field while Betts is sidelined. All that does is move the lineup hole to another position. Journeyman energy male Eddy Alvarez began in ideal field Saturday and figures to share time at the position with Hanser Alberto and Zach McKinstry moving on.

Betts, 29, is striking .273/.349/.535 with 17 crowning achievement this season. He remains in the 2nd year of his 12-year, $365 million extension.

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