Dodgers, Mookie Betts ‘hopeful’ he can return quickly from rib injury

LOS ANGELES – When Mookie Betts collided with Cody Bellinger in shallow right-center field during the first inning of Wednesday’s game and was knocked to the ground, he got up smiling and laughing with Bellinger about their blooper moment.

A few days later, it was harder to laugh it off. Betts was officially placed on the Injured List Sunday morning with a cracked rib suffered in the collision.

“It’s a cracked rib so you’re going to feel sore,” Betts said Sunday. “But after the play, the next inning it started hurting. I thought it was just a little bruise or something. So I tried to play through it and it got worse over the next couple of days and now we’re sitting here.”

How long Betts will be sitting is undetermined at this point. Bellinger suffered a non-displaced rib fracture last September (after colliding with Gavin Lux in the outfield) and returned to play 11 days later.

Betts said his injured rib is higher up on his right side than Bellinger’s injury was. But he is hopeful that the timeline for his return will be similar. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke of a two-week absence for Betts being what the team was “hoping for.”

“Obviously, every player is different,” Roberts said. “Most likely there’s going to be some discomfort I think at some point when he does return. I don’t expect him to be pain free.

“A guy like Mookie who plays every day, you’re obviously used to playing through some type of discomfort. But I think a week of no activity – as far as baseball activity, but stuff in the weight room, keeping his legs warm, body moving – that’s what we’re going to do. Then after that, we’ll know more.”

Betts dealt with a number of injuries last season, most notably a painful bone …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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