The Dodgers had a rollercoaster week, both on and off the field. But finally, a glimmer of good news emerged on a Friday, bringing a sigh of relief to the Dodgers faithful. So, what’s the scoop? Well, it all started when Mookie Betts fouled a baseball off his left foot, and it felt like the end of the world.
Mookie Betts’ Injury Scare: A Bone Bruise and a Silver Lining
Okay, maybe not the end of the world, but it was certainly a “ouch” moment. Manager Dave Roberts stepped in with the diagnosis, and guess what? Mookie just has a little bone bruise. Nothing too major, folks. Betts should be back in action, swinging for the fences, by Monday.
Now, let’s rewind a bit. Betts took one for the team during a game, but he soldiered on until the eighth inning. That’s some serious dedication. However, things got a bit tricky as the game went on, and his foot started acting up. So, he left the stadium with crutches, probably giving the crutch industry a tiny boost.
Here’s the bold part: Betts didn’t just settle for one medical test; he went all out. There was an X-ray on Thursday, followed by an MRI and CT scan on Friday. And guess what? They all came back clean as a whistle. Betts wanted to make sure they had all the information possible, just in case his foot decides to get any more creative.
Dodgers Shine Bright Without Mookie: Victory Over Nationals in His Absence
But here’s the kicker. Even without their star player, the Dodgers managed to snatch a victory against the Nationals. The game was a late-night thriller, and just as they were turning the tables in the sixth inning, the rain decided to crash the party. The game paused for a whopping 1 hour and 34 minutes. Talk about a weather delay!
Now, the heroes of the night were Kiké Hernández, James Outman, and Chris Taylor. Hernández and Outman got things going with a single and a walk, and Taylor, filling in for Betts in the leadoff spot, played Santa Claus by batting them both in with a double. J.D. Martinez, back after a three-week hiatus, joined the fun with a sacrifice fly, and Max Muncy capped it off with an RBI single.
In case you lost count, Martinez, Muncy, and Hernández also hit home runs earlier in the game. And let’s not forget about Freddie Freeman, who made history by hitting his 53rd double, breaking a record that’s been standing for 93 years. Somebody get that man a trophy!
After a slump that felt like a never-ending nightmare, the Dodgers seem to be back in action, with their magic number to clinch the National League West Division down to just nine. It’s safe to say that they’re aiming for a grand slam of a season.
But here’s the plot twist: they need Betts back at full strength. He’s been batting like a beast, leading the league with his 1.020 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. The man’s got 38 home runs and 99 RBIs to his name. He’s practically an MVP magnet, rubbing shoulders with Ronald Acuña Jr. from the Braves for the NL’s top MVP spot.
Betts is no stranger to the field, having missed consecutive games only twice this year, once for paternity leave and once for a stomach bug. Roberts didn’t completely rule out the possibility of Betts playing this weekend, but the main target is Monday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres. Let’s hope Mookie’s foot has a speedy recovery!
Now, in another twist, J.D. Martinez is back in the game after a three-week hiatus due to some mysterious midsection troubles. Doctors tried everything, even looking into his back and adductor muscles, but the real culprit turned out to be his tailbone. Yep, you read that right. His tailbone was giving his nerves a hard time. But it seems like Martinez is back in action, and he even smacked a two-run homer for good measure. A true comeback story in the making!
So, there you have it, folks. A week of highs and lows for the Dodgers, but with Betts on the mend and Martinez swinging for the fences, things are looking up. It’s baseball, after all, where every game is a curveball, and every injury is a plot twist. Let’s hope the Dodgers keep hitting those home runs and avoid any more foul balls to the foot.
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