It feels like the Dodgers have been without Mookie Betts for a lot longer than 10 days. Then again, it feels like they’ve been without Mookie for most of the season — at least the Mookie we know and love. The outfielder has dealt with a multitude of injuries this season, but a “hip pointer”, later revealed to be a bone spur in his hip has limited the former MVP for most of the season.
On Tuesday, Mookie was found at Dodger Stadium in a simulated game situation where he took at-bats and played a few innings on defense. Ahead of the real game down in San Diego, LA manager Dave Roberts had an update on his star right fielder.
“He hit a couple home runs. I talked to him on the way down today and, he felt good coming out of it. So he’s going to do some more simulated stuff tomorrow. If that goes well, hopefully we can activate him on Thursday. He’s in a really good spot, as good as he’s been all year.”
Once Mookie returns, the Dodgers suddenly face one of those good problems to have with 4 healthy outfield options for three spots. However, in the mind of Roberts, that’s something that will play itself out with days off down the stretch for everyone on the roster, especially Mookie as the team looks to keep him healthy and on the active for the rest of the season.
In 87 games this season, Betts has posted a .277/.378/.521 triple slash line with 17 home runs and 44 runs batted in, mostly out of the leadoff spot. He had been on a tear when he hit the injured list, batting .355 with an OPS north of 1.000 over his previous 24 games.