Dodgers’ Mookie Betts day to day with finger injury

first_img“He just said it was a normal swing, an aggressive swing at a pitch that was up in the zone,” Roberts said. “He just felt that he kind of stung his finger a little bit and then it just started to swell.”There was still “substantial swelling” Monday, according to Roberts, and the treatment is aimed at reducing that.During one of the intrasquad games in Summer Camp almost three weeks ago, Betts had a similar reaction after a swing. This is a different issue, according to Roberts.“It’s not the same thing,” Roberts said. “In Summer Camp, that swing was on a pitch that was up as well. It was his wrist. And there’s been nothing made of that since. The other day it was his finger. So, two separate incidents, and he’s never had either before.”Corey Seager has been dealing with two separate issues as well — a sore right calf (after fouling a ball off his leg Saturday) and a right quadriceps muscle that cramped up during the second half of that game. He was not in the lineup Sunday but was back in Monday at DH. “I had been in contact with our doctors from the beginning to find out what they felt if I was any more higher risk,” he said. “They were just assuring me that as long as I was staying on top of the normal things I would do as a diabetic to stay healthy they said I should be fine. I trusted them and just kind of kept that mindset.”ALSOLeft-hander Alex Wood has been doing exercises to strengthen his arm and “said it’s the best his arm has felt in weeks,” Roberts said. Wood has been shut down with shoulder inflammation since starting the third game of the season. Wood is encouraged and could begin a throwing progression Monday or Tuesday. But there is still “no timeline” for his return. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The finger Mookie Betts injured during an at-bat in Sunday’s game did not prevent him from hitting a home run in that at-bat. But it could keep him out of the lineup for a few days.Betts was not in the starting lineup Monday at San Diego due to the sore middle finger on his left hand and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Betts’ status will be re-evaluated each day.“We’ll see how he responds to treatment,” Roberts said.The injury is considered “a soft-tissue injury” and X-rays taken after Sunday’s game were negative. Betts could be seen flexing his hand after a swing during that fifth-inning at-bat against Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly. That is apparently when the injury occurred.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Corey feels good,” Roberts said. “I just feel that, with the training staff, not to run him out there to play defense. But we feel confident for his bat to be in there to DH and tomorrow depending on how he feels, we’ll make a decision if he DHs again or can play short.”CORONAVIRUS CASELefty reliever Scott Alexander revealed Monday that he had contracted the coronavirus before the opening of the Dodgers’ summer training sessions. Alexander is the third Dodger player to acknowledge suffering from COVID-19 (along with Kenley Jansen and A.J. Pollock).“That’s the reason I was late to camp,” said Alexander who had to wait three weeks for negative tests to clear him to work out with the team. “I had gotten it right before summer camp opened. I had some mild symptoms but it wasn’t too bad.”Alexander said he was at home in Southern California, waiting for word on when the season would start, when he started running a fever.“It was a pretty good fever. I never knew the temperature, but it was just happening to me all kind of in the middle of night when I was sleeping,” he said. “I just had chills and then I had definitely gotten hot so a bit of a fever and then really just kind of a headache. The headache was really the main symptom. But it only lasted for about 24 hours. Mainly I just kind of slept it off and was feeling good the next day.”Alexander said the most frustrating part was waiting in quarantine for two weeks while he waited for negative tests to clear him.Alexander has Type 1 diabetes which puts him in a high-risk category for the coronavirus but he said he never gave much thought to opting out of the season.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img

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