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Dodgers Confident Mookie Betts Will Be Able to Finish the Season Out Once Activated



The Dodgers should be getting Mookie Betts back into the lineup at some point this week. Ideally, they’re hoping for him to come out of simulated games at the Ravine healthy enough to be ready to go by Thursday in San Diego. 

Betts has been going through baseball-related drills for the past week under the supervision of Dodgers trainers. That hip that has given him trouble for most of the year appears to be pain-free, though bone spurs don’t really just go away without surgery. 

With that in mind, the Dodgers fully intend to manage his workload for the rest of the season. But as Dave Roberts said on Sunday afternoon, they are still expecting that he will be able to finish out the season with the team. 

Yeah, I am. I think that I’ll be very mindful of giving him off days at certain points. But he’s in great shape. He feels good and I see no reason why he’s not going to finish the season like I expect and he expects.

Keeping Mookie healthy could certainly be the difference-maker for the Dodgers in October. They’ve obviously been able to get by without him thus far, but having him in the lineup for big games makes them a much better team. 

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There is no denying the spark and intensity that Mookie brings to the lineup. He was the guy that got the team moving last October as they pushed towards the World Series, and he can be that again. They just need to keep him fresh. 

Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Should Be Activated in San Diego This Week

Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. It just seems unlikely that Betts is going to be able to navigate the remainder of the season without the hip injury becoming a big issue at some point, maybe sooner than later.
    Every time Betts accelerates running the bases, you hold your breath. Every time he lays out to make a diving or tumbling catch, whether in the OF or at 2nd base, you hold your breath.
    It would be fantastic if Betts can stay in the lineup and play at a high level the rest of the season, especially since he and T. Turner could feed off each other and truly be the Dynamic Duo, we can only hope that happens.

  2. roberts does a great job of sensing the players need for activity v. rest. with plenty of outfielders to suffle in an out, betts will be healthy and productive through the playoffs.

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