The Dodgers are hoping that Mookie Betts will be ready to go by early next week. Dave Roberts said before the game on Thursday night against the Padres that he was improving, though his rib is still cracked, The expectation is that it will be up to him to manage the pain and decide when he will be able to go.
But when he does come back, they might try to take it easy on him. Betts’ biggest struggle right now seems to be on defense. That rib is making it hard for him to throw baseballs, and the Dodgers seem to have an easy solution for him.
You might think they would just slot him in at the DH spot to give him more time and get his bat back in the lineup. But Roberts said that placing Mookie in at second base for the Dodgers might be an option to cut down on the throw length.
“He’s been on record saying that he doesn’t really love the DH and he just doesn’t feel comfortable. So if there’s a way we can get him in the lineup, and if it’s second base then so be it and we will move pieces around.”
Betts has played 23 big league games at second base, so it’s not a foreign position for him. He played there in 7 different games with the Dodgers during the 2021 season as well. So while it’s obviously not his main position, it’s a great option to ease him back into things.
The most important thing is getting him back into the lineup healthy. The Dodgers won’t risk his overall health just to slot him back in at the top of the order, where Doc said that he will return. So when the pain becomes manageable for him, he will be back.
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