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Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Comes Out Clean in Return, Set to Start in Center Field



Usually, when you’re missing an MVP in the lineup, you struggle to win ballgames. For the Dodgers, they’ve hardly missed a beat while missing both Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Thankfully for LA, Betts made his return to the lineup on Tuesday and didn’t miss a beat.

The All-Star outfielder connected on his second home run of the season in a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies and played 8 innings on defense before coming out of the game in the 9th. After the game, manager Dave Roberts confirmed that everything is fine with the right fielder.

I didn’t hear anything, so I think that’s a good thing. He looked like he was moving well. Took some good swings… he’ll be in center field tomorrow.

Notably, the last time Betts played center (last week), he missed the next 4 games. However, before the game, Mookie confirmed that his back injury wasn’t brought on by playing in center or anything else in particular.

Roberts eventually added that Mookie will likely sit on Thursday before the team travels to San Diego for a 3 game set against the rival Padres.

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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.

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