The Dodgers are indeed going to be without one of their hot bats tonight. Mookie Betts is still being list as day-to-day after his finger swelled up during a game against the Diamondbacks.
Mookie shook off his hand on a pitch that he swung at in an at-bat during the 5th inning last night. He went on to hit a homerun in that appearance but was later pulled and Edwin Rios came up to hit in his place. Dave Roberts confirmed that his finger was still swollen today and that Mookie would not be available to play.
Mookie’s finger is still swollen. Still listed as day-to-day but is unavailable for tonight.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) August 3, 2020
The timing is sort of unfortunate for the Dodgers. Especially considering that Betts was really starting to hit his stride at the plate. He had 6 hits over his last 3 games including a couple of homeruns in the series against the Diamondbacks.
The good news is that Corey Seager is sort of returning from his brief calf injury. Dave Roberts mostly attributed the calf cramping to dehydration, so Seager will DH in tonight’s game. Seager will not be used on the field for at least tonight in order to get him some rest. The Dodgers are starting Chris Taylor as short tonight instead.
The Dodgers face off against Chris Paddack tonight, who has been outstanding over his first two starts. He has thrown 11 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs while striking out 10. Not having Mookie Betts in the lineup gives Joc Pederson the chance to jump back into the lineup at the leadoff spot. Joc had 1 homerun off of Paddack in 9 at-bats last season.
The Dodgers play 3 games in San Diego before heading home for a series against the Giants on Friday.