Dodgers star Mookie Betts out indefinitely with cracked rib after collision with Cody Bellinger
Mookie Betts could be sidelined for a spell with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters following Saturday's game that the former MVP will be placed on the disabled list due to a cracked rib he sustained in a collision with outfielder Cody Bellinger on Wednesday.
From the time of the crash to the relocation to the injured list, it took three days. Betts stayed in the game after colliding with Bellinger in the first inning
but was removed from the lineup on Friday after an off day Thursday with a contusion, according to the Dodgers. After an MRI revealed the fracture, he was re-inserted into the lineup on Saturday, only to be scratched again before the game.
Here's the crucial collision, which was called a hit then an error, a major decision considering Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson went on to pitch a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
Betts collided head-on with Bellinger and landed hard, dropping the ball. Despite this, Bellinger managed to strike out second baseman Taylor Ward of the Los Angeles Angels.
Betts' absence will clearly be a huge loss for the Dodgers, who beat the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday to boost their record to an NL West-leading 40-24.
Betts is hitting.273/.349/.535 with 17 home runs, 53 runs batted in, six stolen bases, and his typical Gold Glove defence in right field.
Last season, the five-time All-Star also dealt with back and shoulder injuries, limiting him to only 122 games.