Mookie Betts, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ famous person outfielder, acquired an injection that helped subside a few of the ache in his troublesome proper hip, however he isn’t at present partaking in any bodily exercise.
Betts has a bone spur in that hip, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts revealed Friday. However the Dodgers hope to place off any surgical process — if one is even required — till the offseason.
“We’re making an attempt to determine one of the simplest ways to get him again to us and thru the season,” Roberts stated earlier than a weekend street sequence towards the New York Mets. “As soon as we get into the offseason, we’ll type of deal with that.”
Betts is placing collectively one other spectacular offensive season, with a .277/.378/.521 slash line and a 144 adjusted OPS, 9 factors increased than his profession common heading into 2021. However the hip ailment has prevented him from acting at an elite stage for extended stretches and is now putting his speedy future doubtful.
Betts missed 11 video games on the finish of July due to the hip harm, then returned on Aug. 1, performed in 5 video games — beginning the primary three at second base to scale back the gap he must cowl on full sprints — and suffered a flare-up.
The Dodgers waited 4 days earlier than putting him again within the injured checklist Wednesday, at which level Betts flew again to Los Angeles to get one other analysis on his hip.
These assessments revealed the bone spur.
“I do not know the precise location,” Roberts stated. “All I do know is that it causes sufficient discomfort for him to not be on the market and go on the IL and to get an injection for the ache to dissipate.”
Betts joins longtime ace Clayton Kershaw as Dodgers superstars with murky timetables heading into the ultimate stretch of the common season. Kershaw hasn’t pitched in a recreation since July 3 due to irritation round his left elbow and will not return till September, on the earliest.
Betts’ timetable appears even much less sure at this second.
Matt Beaty and Billy McKinney, each left-handed hitters, have been beginning in proper area in Betts’ absence. However with Trea Turner now at second base, the Dodgers may transfer Cody Bellinger to proper area and begin Chris Taylor in heart.
Roberts, whose crew is 5 video games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place within the Nationwide League West, acknowledged that the injection in Betts’ proper hip is merely “a short-term resolution.”
“My assumption is we’re gonna hold managing it daily, however hopefully this shot has a longer-lasting impact,” Roberts stated. “However we cannot know till we glance up seven, 10 days, a month from now, and as soon as he begins ramping up extra with the bodily exercise.”