Mookie Betts hopes that his last stay on the injured list will last only a few weeks.
The Dodgers’ star outfielder was ruled out due to a cracked right rib. This is his third stay in IL in the last two seasons.
“It hurts, but it’s what it is,” Bates said Sunday before the Dodgers faced the Cleveland Guardians. “I thought it was a small bruise or something and I went through it. It was even worse in the next few days and now we are sitting here. “
Bates was injured during the first inning of the game against Los Angeles on Wednesday night when he collided with Cody Bellinger in a car on a fly ball. Bets played the rest of that game, but was knocked out of the lineup on Friday and Saturday.
“With the audience and we both shouted, I didn’t hear him (call me),” Bets said of the play. “You don’t want to take your eyes off the ball. It wasn’t supposed to happen, but it was one of those shows where we could both catch her. It would have been worse if no one had caught him and fallen. “
Manager Dave Roberts called the collision unfortunate and also agreed that it should not have happened.
Bates said that he did not think that he further aggravated the injury when he jumped on the line of Shohei Ohtani in the ninth inning in order to try to save Tyler Anderson without a blow. Betts failed to arrive on time and that resulted in a double.
The best AL player for 2018 and the player in the lead of the Dodgers is tied for third place in the main tournaments with 53 runs achieved and has 17 home runs, which is tied for fourth place in the NL. Los Angeles is 29-7 when he scores.
Bets missed 22 games last season due to inflammation of the right hip. He will not do any baseball activities for a week before he starts working on his return.
Zach McKinstri has been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Bellinger’s place.
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