The Dodgers are going to have to get the job done in Philly today without a few of their veteran players. They were already short Justin Turner who injured his groin in the win over the Angels on Sunday.
Now, Mookie Betts is a let scratch from the Dodgers lineup just a few hours before game time. That news came out after Dave Roberts did his daily press conference, so there has yet to be an official confirmation on why.
Betts has been dealing with a hip issue that has sidelined him for several days at a time, especially over the last few weeks. The Dodgers had Roberts have already said that they expected to have to manage the injury all season long. That means that the hip likely will not be getting better even with rest this year.
Mookie Betts was scratched from the #Dodgers lineup…
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) August 10, 2021
The Dodgers adjusted their lineup and went with Billy McKinney in right field with Betts out. Will Smith also slid up to the third spot in the lineup where Mookie was originally set to hit. So things had to be shuffled around in the batting order, but not so much on defense.
The Phillies and Dodgers play their first game of a 3-game set on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Max Scherzer makes his second start for Los Angeles and goes up against a very good pitcher in Aaron Nola. It should be a fun one, and hopefully, the offense can get going against a good arm.
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