The Dodgers are going to have Mookie Betts for the final stretch of the season. That wasn’t really in question even with looming uncertainty surrounding the health of his hip. When he went on the injured list, the only question was when he was going to return.
And across the board, it seemed like the general consensus was that he might not be back until September. Dodgers fans were treated to a pleasant surprise this week when Dave Roberts revealed that he could actually go out on a rehab assignment soon.
Then today, Dave had everyone feeling good about Mookie’s progress. Doc mentioned Betts’ pain level and how the Dodgers were sure it had gone away at this point in his recovery. Betts has also been doing baseball drills for the last few days
I had a brief conversation with Mookie today, and he said it (the pain) was gone. And he said it with a smile. I haven’t seen him smile like that in quite some time. So now, to ramp up the activity and get him swinging the bat, and running around and throwing the baseball, and catching balls in the outfield, that’s obviously the next progression. \
Prior to Thursday’s game against the Mets, Mookie spoke with media about his hip and the status of his pain. According to the Dodgers superstar, this is the best that he has felt for the entire 2021 season. (quotes courtesy of the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett)
This is the first time in a long time I’ve felt normal. I feel normal now. I feel like the beginning of spring training now. There’s no pain at all or anything. Hopefully, I can stay on this path and I’ll be perfectly fine.
Doc had also said that he expected the Dodgers to get him some work before activation, and that doesn’t necessarily mean he even needs a rehab assignment. They could pivot and do a simulated game or get him a bunch of live at-bats
Regardless of what he does to get back, the Dodgers are getting Mookie back very soon. And that is very bad news for the rest of the NL West and teams across the league,.