The Dodgers announced a series of roster moves, most notably the activation of the star outfielder. Mookie betts off the 10-day disabled list.
Right handed Yefry Ramirez he also had his contract selected, with James sherfy moved to IL for 60 days to open a spot on the 40-man roster. For the active, utilitarian roster Zach McKinstry and right-handed Mitch White they were sent to Triple-A to open two spots for Betts and Ramírez.
Betts is returning after just a minimum 10-day stint in the IL, though he hasn’t appeared in a game since July 19 due to persistent swelling in his right hip. The Dodgers kept Betts out for several games to see if he could eventually return without the need for a visit to IL, but it was ultimately decided to officially leave Betts out and give him time to recover.
According to the manager Dave RobertsBetts’ hip problem is one of the few minor injuries that have plagued the former AL MVP for most of the season. Betts’ numbers don’t look like a player limited by annoying injuries, as he has hit .270 / .374 / .502 with 14 homers over 374 PA this season.
Interestingly, Betts will start at second base in today’s lineup, as part of the team plan to keep Betts fresh and healthy by reducing their time in the gardens. It seems likely that Betts will only play at the cornerstone once in a while, although he might see more of the position until Trea turner other Gavin lux Both have returned from the disabled list.
Betts was originally drafted as second baseman by the Red Sox, but was quickly moved to the outfield and has now won five consecutive Gold Gloves for excellent defense on the grass.