With a giant three-game set coming up against division rival San Francisco Giants, it seems that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be without their All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts who has been placed on the IL, according to Bill Shaikin.
Dodgers put Mookie Betts on IL. He's out for Giants series.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 25, 2021
Betts hurt himself after reaggravating a hip injury that he had been dealing with all season in a game against the Rockies on July 17th. After that game Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had this to say,
“It’s been kind of nagging at him all year, think a lot of the running of the bases, outfield, caught up to him and it irritated a little bit. I’ll have him down [on Sunday] and he’ll be ready for the series on Monday.”
Unfortunately, Betts' recovery has not been as quick as the Dodgers and Roberts has hoped as he has only had one plate appearance since reinjuring himself on July 17th. The Dodgers avoided putting Betts on the IL as they assumed that he would quickly recover, but this is obviously more of a serious issue than first suspected.
With Betts being put on the IL he will miss at least 10 days but it could be longer. With the National League West tight three-way race, this could have big playoff implications for the Padres, Dodgers, and Giants. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious and we can see Betts back on the field soon.