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The Dodgers announced a series of roster moves, most notably the activation of star outfielder Mookie Betts off the 10-day injured list.
Right-handed Yefry Ramirez also had his contract selected, with James Sherfy moved to the 60-day IL to open a 40-man roster spot. For the active roster, utility man Zach McKinstry and right-handed Mitch White were given an option on Triple-A to free up two spots for Betts and Ramirez.
Betts is returning after just a minimum 10-day stint on the IL, though he hasn’t appeared in a match since July 19 due to ongoing inflammation in his right hip. The Dodgers held out Betts for several games to see if he could eventually return without the need for an IL visit, but in the end it was decided to officially sideline Betts and give him time to recover.
According to manager Dave Roberts, Betts’ hip problem is one of the few minor injuries the former AL MVP has suffered from for most of the season. Betts’ numbers don’t look like a player limited by nagging injuries as he hit .270/.374/.502 this season with 14 home runs over 374 PA.
Interestingly, Betts will start at second base in today’s lineup, as part of the team’s plan to keep Betts fresh and healthy by reducing his time in the outfield. It seems likely that Betts will only play the capstone occasionally, though he may look more into position until Trea Turner and Gavin Lux are both back from the injured list.
Betts was originally drafted at second base by the Red Sox, but was moved to the outfield fairly quickly and has now won five consecutive gold gloves for his excellent defense on the grass.
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