Dodgers' Mookie Betts Leaves Game vs. Rockies Because of Hip Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles, Monday, June 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts suffered a hip irritation Saturday night during the team's win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, manager Dave Roberts announced.

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Dave Roberts on Mookie Betts' hip irritation: "I don't know what led to it. It's kind of been nagging at him all year." Won't play tomorrow, should play Monday.

Betts has solidified himself as one of MLB's best players over the past handful of years, earning four All-Star selections, an AL MVP and a World Series title during his time with the Boston Red Sox and helping lead the Dodgers to a championship during his first season in L.A. last year.

He's posted an .846 OPS with 13 home runs and seven stolen bases in 80 games so far in 2021.

The 28-year-old Tennessee native has remained mostly durable throughout his career, including four seasons with at least 145 games played. He's been sidelined a few times this year with minor ailments such as shoulder soreness and a forearm injury.

Matt Beaty should get the first crack to join the starting lineup if Betts is sidelined for an extended period of time. Zach McKinstry and Chris Taylor are other options for extra playing time in the Los Angeles outfield.

The Dodgers feature one of the league's deepest batting orders, so they should be able to continue putting up runs at a solid clip. That said, Betts will be a crucial cog in the lineup if they're going to make a serious repeat bid come playoff time.