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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Reveals Mookie Betts is Dealing With Sore Left Shoulder



The Dodgers came into San Francisco and swept the rival Giants in convincing fashion. over the weekend, LA outscored SF 19 to 9 with dominant pitching and timely hitting. Perhaps the most surprising part of the 3 game sweep is that the Dodgers did it without Mookie Betts in the lineup in two of the three games.

The first game was a planned day off with the team winding down playing 10 games in 10 days. However, off day number two was a shock to everyone. About 30 minutes before the matinee game at Oracle Park, Betts was a late scratch. The Dodgers called it “left shoulder soreness.”

“He took swings this morning and tried to loosen up, get ready for the game and it just flared up,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “It didn’t feel good, kind of hurt. And so for me, I just felt that with the off day coming it just made sense to pivot, get DJ [Peters] in there for the defense and get Mookie an extra day to hopefully be back in there on Tuesday.”

Something like that usually doesn’t pop up overnight, and sure enough, the team has known about Mookie’s aching shoulder. Moreover, Roberts revealed that the outfield has been getting treatment for the issue.

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One look at Mookie’s numbers will tell you that something hasn’t quite been right for most of the season. Betts has dealt with a myriad of nagging injuries since the first series of the year in Colorado. His back was — and has been — the most notable of which.

With Monday’s off day, the opportunity to get a key contributor three days off seemingly made sense for Doc and the Dodgers. A huge bragging rights series kicks off in Houston on Tuesday with LA playing the hated Astros for two games. Mookie is expected to be in the lineup for those games.

NEXT: The Wild Month Continues With a Sweep in San Francisco

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Mookie just may need more time to heal from this shoulder issue. Why put him back in lineup on Tuesday if he at that time is still hurting? I suggest a 10 day IL to allow for more healing time. Because a fear is that he might again be a late scratch from Tuesday or Wednesday if he’s still not right.

  2. I don’t see how this guy lasts for 12 years.
    The dodgers are stuck with long big contract, Just every big long contract any team has signed. They have all ended the same way.
    Will these teams ever learn?
    The Dodgers will be stuck spending millions for years and getting almost nothing in return for last several years of the contract.
    NO team should signing any player to a big long contract beyond age 34 or 35.
    Betts is a smaller player, and he is already showing physical inability to hold up.
    I just hope they can get another 4 or 5 years.

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