Dodgers Dealing with a “Big Blow” As Mookie Betts is Sent to Injured List

Mookie Betts with the Dodgers
Mookie Betts with the Dodgers. Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12441673q)

Just a few weeks ago, it truly looked like Mookie Betts will have a season for the ages, but his luck quickly turned around. As injuries mount for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Betts is the latest player sent to the injured list with a cracked rib.

The Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Betts’ departure on Saturday, a day before he was officially moved to the injured list, with no returned day on the horizon.

“You’re taking one of the best players in baseball out of the lineup. It’s a big blow, but at least we know what we’re dealing with and we’re going to get him back sooner rather than later,” said Roberts.

Betts sustained the rib injury when he collided with Cody Bellinger in the first inning of the Dodger’s recent 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday. He continued playing the rest of the game and didn’t expect the injury to be serious, but it became clear he’s yet to recover after he missed two games of the Dodgers’ series against the Cleveland Guardians.

This is a significant loss for the Dodgers, especially after they lost starting pitchers Walker Buehler, Andrew Heaney, and Dustin May to injuries. According to Roberts, it’s still unclear if Betts is dealing with a hairline fracture or a larger break, and his return date is yet to be determined.