Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts will not start against the Washington Nationals on Friday.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Fans returning to Dodger Stadium on Friday won’t see Mookie Betts or Cody Bellinger on the field.
The former MVPs aren’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup against the Nationals because of injury. Bellinger will miss his third straight game after getting spiked in Monday’s win over the Athletics. Betts will miss his second consecutive game with a lower back injury.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger said Bellinger’s calf has improved, but he could still end up on the injured list.
“We did some tests, more manual, getting him to jog around, move around, there’s a steady improvement, not significant, we’ll make a decision here shortly if it’s an IL or not,” Roberts said. “But I think from all the tests we’ve received, it will be a short-term missing of time rather than a longer time, which is great news all around.”
Roberts indicated Betts’ injury is less serious. He described the right fielder’s status as “day to day.”
“Not high,” Roberts said when asked for his level of concern about Betts’ back. “With where we’re at, no player is gonna feel 100%, but giving other guys an opportunity while making sure Mookie doesn’t get any worse is most important.”
Chris Taylor will play center field in Bellinger’s place and lead off in Betts’ absence. Zach McKinstry will start in right…