The Dodgers offense came alive against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. Facing a rookie pitcher in the second start of his career, Los Angeles hung up 5 runs in 5 innings against Anaheim. They would later add on 3 more against the bullpen to win 8-3 and take the series.
They also happened to do it without the aid of Mookie Betts in the outfield and in the lineup. The Dodgers chose to sit Betts after his hip had flared up on Friday night. He played on Saturday, but they scheduled another day of rest on Sunday. Los Angeles has Monday off as well.
The good news is that Mookie will be back in the lineup against Philadelphia this week. Dave Roberts confirmed that Betts would be in the Dodgers lineup against the Phillies when they kick off the series on Tuesday.
That’s great news for Dodgers fans for a lot of reasons. Not only does that mean they think he’s healthy enough to play, but it also helps with the fact that they are going to be missing Justin Turner. JT sustained a groin injury ranging to his left to make a play against the Angels on Sunday.
The Dodgers have already said that they expect to have to manage Betts’ hip injury for the rest of the season. That may or may not include rest days scheduled fairly often for the rest of the year. But getting him into the lineup as often as possible is obviously preferred.