The Dodgers’ Betts hope the injury list is short

Mookie Betts hopes his most recent stay on the injured list only lasts a few weeks.

The Dodgers star out on the sidelines due to a cracked right rib. This is his third trip to IL in the last two seasons.

“It’s sore, but that’s what it is,” Betts said Sunday before the Dodgers met the Cleveland Guardians. “I thought it was a little bruise or something, and played through it. It got worse over the next few days, and now we’re sitting here.”

Betts was injured during the first round on Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels when he collided with Cody Bellinger in the field on a flying ball. Betts played the rest of that match, but was scrapped from the lineup Friday and Saturday.

“With the audience and both of us shouting, I did not hear him (call me out),” Betts said of the play. “You will not take your eye off the ball. It should not have happened, but it was one of those games where we could both have caught it. It would have been worse if no one caught it and it fell.”

Manager Dave Roberts called the collision unfortunate and also agreed that it should not have happened.

Betts said he did not think he was aggravating the injury further when he made a leaping dive on a line drive by Shohei Ohtani in the ninth inning to try and keep Tyler Anderson’s no-hitter. Betts was unable to reach it in time and it resulted in a double.

The 2018 AL MVP and Dodgers’ leadoff hitter is in third place in the majors with 53 goals scored and has 17 homeruns, which is right in fourth place in the NL. Los Angeles is 29-7 as he scores a race.

Betts missed 22 games last season due to inflammation in his right hip. He will not do baseball activities for a week until he starts working his way back.

Zach McKinstry was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Bellinger’s place.

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