The Dodgers recently placed Mookie Betts on the Injured List, as he continues to deal with a nagging hip injury that has been bothering him all season. Instead of remaining with the team, Betts flew back home to Los Angeles to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury.
“He got some type of injection to help the pain subside, which it has,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media on Friday. “Still not doing anything as far as activity. When it’s time to return, I still don’t know, but the pain has subsided.”
Although we don’t know when we can see Betts in the lineup next, it certainly is good news hearing his pain has subsided. How long will it subside for, though? That’s the question at hand here.
“It is a short term solution,” Roberts said. “Right now, where we’re at, we’re trying to figure out how to get him back and through the season.”
Roberts also added that if Betts needs surgery, that’s something the team and Betts will address in the offseason. The goal right now is to find a way to keep Betts healthy enough to make it through the season.
When asked to go more in-depth about what the injury is, Roberts said it is a bone spur. He said the club is unsure how the injury came to be. The assumption is that this will be something that will have to be managed on a day-to-day basis moving forward. The hope is that this injection has a longer lasting effect and it’s not something that will continue to linger.
Roberts doesn’t have a date as to when we can see Betts return to the field. He said that Mookie will have to ramp himself up and see how the pain is and whether or not it subsides any time soon.
“It’s been hard,” Justin Turner said when asked having to play without Betts, the 2020 NL MVP runner-up. “I’ve talked with him, he’s still pulling hard for us and doing what he can to make sure he’s back on the field as soon as he can. We’re going to have to step up and figure out how to win without him.”