Mookie Betts injury: Dodgers star lands on 10-day IL with right hip issue

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right fielder Mookie Betts on the injured list, the club announced Sunday. Betts hasn’t played since July 19 and hasn’t started since July 17 due to his right hip irritation. The Dodgers had hoped he could return to the field as soon as Tuesday, but instead his body must not have responded to recent treatment — including a cortisone shot — the way he and the team desired. 

The biggest impact here is that Betts will miss the Dodgers’ series against the Giants in San Francisco this coming Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Giants entered Sunday with a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. 

Betts, 28, is hitting .270/.374/.502 (140 OPS+) with 25 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 40 RBI, 63 runs, seven steals and 3.5 WAR this season. While any injury to a star player is never ideal, the timing of this thing was especially bad, as Betts was on fire. In his last four starts, he was 12 for 16 with four doubles, three homers, seven RBI and 12 runs. Yes, that was all in four games. His average rose 22 points and OPS shot up 80 points. 

Heading into Sunday, the Dodgers were 49-29 in games Betts started and 11-11 when he didn’t. 

Without Betts, the Dodgers can continue with All-Star Chris Taylor in the leadoff spot. In right field, they’ve been using a combination of Zach McKinstry, Matt Beaty and Billy McKinney

An area that could soften the blow of losing Betts in the short term would be Cody Bellinger waking up. He’s hitting .162/.276/.284 (55 OPS+) entering Sunday’s action. If he starts to hit like his former self, all of a sudden they wouldn’t be missing Betts’ bat quite as much. 

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