Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Will Be Out Longer Than the Team Expected With Rib Issue

This Dodgers offense can be incredibly tough to watch at times. But there were few games more frustrating than Monday night in Colorado. They strung together just 3 hits off of Chad Kuhl and were shut out at Coors Field for the first time since 2016. It was rough. 

The offense has put up runs by the dozen at times, but they do have a tendency to disappear in games as well. That has left Dodgers fans hoping that something good is coming soon, and the return of Mookie Betts should help to spark the lineup. 

Unfortuantely, that sounds like it won’t be happening for a little while longer. The Dodgers were hoping Mookie would be back to baseball activity this week after suffering the rib injury in a collision with Cody Bellinger. But according to MLB’s Juan Toribio, that has yet to come to fruition. 

“The Dodgers were hopeful Betts would resume baseball activities on June 26, but the outfielder hasn’t felt much better after suffering a right rib fracture on June 15 and hasn’t resumed baseball activities, according to manager Dave Roberts. When the injury happened, the Dodgers were hopeful Betts would only miss about two weeks. All signs point toward that not being the case.”

Mookie was having a little bit of a rough month before hitting the IL. Coming off of a red-hot month of May, he was hitting .193 and striking out more than he would have liked to. But regardless of how he is performing, Mookie is a huge piece for the top of the Dodgers lineup.

Getting him healthy and back in there would be huge for them. But rib injuries are a fickle thing, and can often prevent a player from doing the simple things in baseball. They can’t rush him back, and they know that. 

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