Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters, including MLB.com’s John Toribiothis Mookie Bets is listed on the injured list due to a cracked rib. Roberts said the corresponding move will likely be the encore of Zach McKinstryby Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Betts missed last night’s game due to this issue, although he is back in the lineup today. However, shortly before the match started, he was scratched as his pain continued. As the club continued testing, an MRI revealed a cracked rib, by Ardaya.
The expected timeline for Betts’ absence is not known at this time, but the loss of a talent like his for some time is significant. The former MVP is having another great campaign, hitting .273/.349/.535 for a 148 wRC+. Combining that batting line with his excellent defense and base run, Betts has already racked up 3.3 wins over substitution on the year, according to FanGraphs’ estimate.
The Dodgers are having another great season, as has become the norm for them. However, they look set to fight back this year, as their 40-24 record is only a few percentage points ahead of the Padres, with the Giants hiding just three games away. It means every inch will count in the upcoming playoff race, with Betts’ loss marking a blow.