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Jimmy Nelson placed on injured list, Mookie Betts scratched from lineup

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Mookie Betts scratched from lineup with left shoulder soreness

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The Dodgers can almost field a full pitching staff just from the injured list. The latest hurler to be sidelined is right-hander Jimmy Nelson, with right forearm inflammation.

Nelson is the eighth Dodgers pitcher currently on the injured list, a group that includes Tommy John recoverers Caleb Ferguson, Tommy Kahnle, and Dustin May.

Dodgers-Giants lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
SS Lux (L) CF Slater
3B Turner 2B Solano
2B Muncy (L) RF Yastrzemski (L)
C Smith 1B Ruf
1B Beaty (L) SS Crawford (L)
CF Taylor 3B Dubón
LF Tsutsugo (L) C Casali
RF Peters LF Tauchman (L)
P Urías (L) P Desclafani

The move is retroactive to Friday, since Nelson last pitched on Thursday, when he struck out five of his six batters faced in two perfect innings against the Diamondbacks. Nelson leads Dodgers relievers with 30 strikeouts and a 39-percent strikeout rate this season, to go with 11 walks a 2.41 ERA and 1.86 FIP in 18⅔ innings.

The Dodgers also scratched Mookie Betts from the lineup with left shoulder soreness. Betts was going to start in right field on Sunday, but instead DJ Peters gets his third straight start, this time against a right-hander.

Dave Roberts said after the game that Betts has been receiving treatment on his left shoulder for a week, and it flared up during pregame batting practice on Sunday. Coupled with Saturday’s planned game off and Monday’s scheduled off day, Betts will have rested for three days before potentially returning to the lineup on Tuesday.

The Dodgers recalled right-hander Phil Bickford from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Sunday’s series finale against the Giants. Bickford was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on May 3, and had a 5.40 ERA in five appearances in Triple-A, though he struck out 12 of his 21 batters faced in the minors.

Bickford, 25, has pitched two games in the majors, once each in 2020 and 2021 with the Brewers, allowing a total of six runs on six hits in two innings, with two strikeouts, a walk, and three hit by pitches.

He’ll wear number 52 with the Dodgers.