The Dodgers were without Mookie Betts on Friday night in the loss. And we’re not saying having him in there would have guaranteed a win, but they certainly would’ve stood a better chance. Mookie was scratched last minute with what the team was calling a right rib contusion.
As it turns out, that rib injury came on the collision with Cody Bellinger in the Dodgers’ win over the Angels this week. That was in the 1st inning on a ball in between the two outfielders. They collided and eventually threw out the runner trying to advance to second base.
Both Bellinger and Betts stayed in the game following the collision. But the Dodgers skipper added that Betts is currently day-to-day and will need to undergo a CT scan on the rib today. The x-rays they took did not reveal any serious injury.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Mookie Betts had soreness from his collision with Cody Bellinger on Wednesday. x-rays were negative and he'll get a CT scan tomorrow.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) June 18, 2022
It’s really not a great time for the Dodgers to be losing one of their star players. Regardless of how much he has struggled to start the month of June, Betts is a catalyst at the top of the lineup. And the last thing a struggling lineup needs is to lose a big bat right at the top.
The Dodgers went with Trea Turner in the top spot last night and slotted Eddy Alvarez into right to start the game against the Guardians. Chris Taylor eventually slid over there later in the contest.