The Dodgers could be one BIG step closer to getting a big bat and name back in their lineup. The expectation was that there would not be a clear timeline for Mookie Betts with his hip injury and that he could return at any point this season.
But that latest update from Dave Roberts suggests that Betts is progressing quicker than expected. He was on the field today doing some drills, and Doc said that he came out of it feeling good.
So good that the Dodgers expect to send Mookie out on a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Roberts said before Thursday’s game that he would go play a few games there before joining up with the big league squad.
As I’ve talked to the training staff, there’s a potential rehab assignment in the near future for a couple 2-3 days and then we’ll get him back. I know he won’t be back with us this weekend, but sometime next week would be the hope.
That’s a pretty huge step for Betts to suddenly take, so he must be feeling great. But the Dodgers skipper also advised that it would all be contingent on how he was feeling coming out of drills the next few days.
Regardless, the fact that they are ready to send him on rehab is big news for the Dodgers. Getting Mookie in there just in time for the playoff stretch could prove to be huge, and would give them the option to confidently rest more guys.