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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Leaves Tuesday Night’s Game With Illness

Here’s hoping to having him back in there on Wednesday.



The Dodgers took another loss to the Padres on Tuesday night in San Diego. Their offense struggled to get going and despite getting runners on base, they could rarely move them over or avoid big outs. 

Mookie Betts started the game for the Dodgers in center field and leading off. But just before game time, it was revealed that Betts was battling through some flu-like symptoms and feeling under the weather. He still started the game and played through 5 innings before he couldn’t go any longer. 

The Dodgers pulled Mookie in the bottom of the 6th inning and brought in Gavin Lux on defense. Chris Taylor slid into centerfield to take his spot with Lux at short. Roberts said after the game that the illness got the best of him and they felt it was better to take precaution. 

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But the good news is that Roberts is expecting him back in the lineup on Wednesday night. The Dodgers will have to wait and see how Betts feels when he comes in today, but the hope is that he will be ready to go. 

Betts went 0-for-3 in the game with a strikeout against Blake Snell in the Dodgers loss on Tuesday. He’s one of the guys that has been finding his swing lately though, hitting 4 homeruns in the month of June. Betts had just 3 homeruns for the entire month of May. 

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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. Poor fellow. The Dodgers are loaded. Plenty of talent to pick up the slack.
    But, said talent did not come through.

  2. Not really. Sorry about his illness. I was going say, I thought he was taking a day off. Right now we have a hard time winning without Betts. Putting Taylor at at the 1st is a mistake as he is a closer. Don’t you think. How about Lux in the first spot next time.

  3. If this was the same length as last season the Dodgers would be out. Last year should not have counted as a regular World Series and Betts did nothing spectacular. $30 million a year is a joke.

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