A night after coming out of the game early, Mookie Betts will miss the final game of the Dodgers’ regular season. Betts was hit on the hip by a pitch in his first at-bat on Saturday night and never went back to the field on defense after.
After the game, Dave Roberts said that Mookie’s fine and that no further testing would be needed for the star outfielder, but when his name was missing from the final lineup of the season, there was some cause for concern. Doc explained the absence.
Mookie's still a little bit sore, but he'll take some at-bats in a simulated game on Tuesday. He still wanted to be in there today.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 27, 2020
Thankfully, despite the hip soreness, Mookie fought to be in the lineup on Sunday, spelling that it shouldn’t be a cause for much concern. Roberts confirmed that he’ll take some at-bats during a simulated game on Tuesday and expects him to be ready to answer the bell for game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Wednesday.
Betts finishes his first season in Dodger blue with a .292 average, and 16 home runs with 47 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He’s among the leaders in National League MVP chatter.