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.
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.