The Dodgers won a series against the Padres without Mookie Betts. That in of itself is a huge win. Los Angeles had to rely on some key role player to get it done, but they took two of three from the offensively inclines San Diego lineup.
Speaking about Mookie Betts after the game, Dave Roberts tried to set expectations for the week. We already know that the Dodgers optioned two guys off of the roster on Thursday to mee the 28 player requirement.
But with Mookie’s finger swelling up enough to keep him out of the lineup, it becomes worrisome with the roster shrinkage. Nevertheless, the Dodgers are hopeful that Mookie will not have to see any time on the Injures List.
With the DH, it’s not as imperative. But I think that where we’re at, the extra guys in the bullpen, certainly we’re going to make an adjustment with the roster come Thursday or Friday. But I just don’t think we’re there yet with Mookie…Obviously you never want to lose one of your best players, but we’re trying to nurse him back to health. Got him in as a defensive replacement the last couple nights, but it’s just great to see other guys step up and contribute to wins.
Betts‘ finger swelled up in an at-bat that he hit a homerun in on Sunday. He came out of the game later and has not made a plate appearance since then. He has come on as a defensive replacement late in games for the Dodgers in the last two games.