Mookie Betts was out of the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for their 1-0 victory in Seattle on Tuesday after getting hit on the right forearm a night earlier, but manager Dave Roberts doesn’t expect it to be a long-term issue.
Roberts said X-rays on Betts’ arm were negative after the former MVP took a fastball from Seattle closer Rafael Montero off the inside of his right forearm in the ninth inning of Monday’s 4-3 Mariners victory. Betts remained in the game after getting hit.
Roberts said Betts was receiving treatment and that he was hoping to avoid using him in Tuesday’s game with the Dodgers having a day off on Wednesday before opening a four-game series with division rival San Diego on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
“I was hoping that it would be something soft tissue, as opposed to you know the wrist or the elbow or something like that,” Roberts said. “I guess best-case scenario. There was an exhale once he wanted to stay in there. So that’s part of it, the soreness, but I think that we dodged a bullet there.”
Betts is hitting .292 early in the season and already had one of the signature defensive moments of the season with his game-ending catch in the ninth inning last Saturday in a win over San Diego.
Chris Taylor started in center field for the Dodgers, who had lost back-to-back games for the first time following an MLB-best 13-2 start. Julio Urías held Seattle to a third-inning Mitch Haniger single in seven shutout innings, striking out 11. He got the better of Seattle’s Marco Gonzales. Corey Seager drove in the only run with a two-out single in the third inning after AJ Pollock’s leadoff double. Those were the Dodgers’ only hits in the game.
Washington slugger Juan Soto to injured list
Nationals right fielder Juan Soto went on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder before Washington’s 3-2 win over St. Louis, joining Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) and Jon Lester (COVID-19 injured list) there for the 2019 World Series champions.
Soto, the reigning NL batting champion, originally was listed in Washington’s starting lineup facing St. Louis on Tuesday, but less than an hour before the game’s scheduled first pitch, the Nationals tweeted the move. The club also said that outfielder Yadiel Hernandez was being recalled from its alternate training site.
Soto is batting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs this season, in which the Nats are last in the NL East at 6-9. Andrew Stevenson took Soto’s spot in right field for a game the Nats won when Yan Gomes drew a four-pitch walk from Giovanny Gallegos to force in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. It was the Cardinals’ first one-run game all season.
Yankees bats stay cold, but skid ends
New York broke its five-game losing streak with little offense, getting a run-scoring wild pitch and bases-loaded walk from Atlanta reliever Nate Jones in the eighth inning that lifted them to a 3-1 victory.
Gio Urshela hit a tying home run in the fifth inning off Charlie Morton and the Yankees won with five hits, which left their four-game total at 16. That despite a significant juggle by manager Aaron Boone, who inserted first baseman Mike Ford and left fielder Mike Tauchman, and gave Brett Gardner his second start this season in center field.
DJ LeMahieu moved back to second base from first, and center fielder Aaron Hicks, left fielder Clint Frazier, and second baseman Rougned Odor moved to the bench. Boone said he might give Hicks another day off Wednesday.
Max Kepler latest Twins player to COVID-19 list
Minnesota right fielder Max Kepler is among the club’s positive cases for the coronavirus. Manager Rocco Baldelli announced Kepler’s absence with COVID-19 ahead of a doubleheader against the Athletics following Monday’s postponement. Left-hander Caleb Thielbar is also in quarantine because of contact tracing. Everyone who has tested positive is experiencing only mild symptoms, according to Baldelli, whose team fell in the opener, 7-0, Oakland’s ninth straight victory . . . The New York Mets tweaked their rotation before their series against the Cubs, giving ace right-hander Jacob deGrom an extra day of rest. The 32-year-old deGrom was slated to start Thursday at Wrigley Field, but will instead throw Friday at home against Washington. Manager Luis Rojas said the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner asked for the extra rest . . . Atlanta star Freddie Freeman said no talks are taking place on a contract that would go beyond the expiration of his $135 million, eight-year deal this autumn. “I don’t know if we could really talk right now. That would be a distraction, and I don’t like distractions,” he said. “I don’t think there’s going to be much talking going on anytime soon” . . . MLB announced that White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has been suspended one game for triggering a benches-clearing incident against Cleveland last week — the day after Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter. Rodón (3-0), pitching for the first time since his no-no, worked around five walks in five innings, giving up a homer and throwing 110 pitches, but beat Cleveland again, 8-5, thanks in large part to two José Abreu home runs . . . Matt Harvey (1-1) allowed three runs in five innings for his first win since July 13, 2019, Baltimore topping the Marlins, 7-5, in Miami. Trey Mancini and Freddy Galvis each homered for the Orioles, who lost right fielder Anthony Santander to a sprained left ankle in the first inning . . . Buster Posey had his first multihomer game since May 28, 2016, with a six-run eighth inning muscling San Francisco past Philadelphia, 10-7. The Giants got all their runs via the long ball, and have 25 homers through 17 games . . . Reds reliever Lucas Sims walked in a run to give Arizona a 5-4 lead over Cincinnati in the top of the eighth inning before the game was suspended just before the rain turned into snow at Great American Ball Park. It will resume before the teams play their regularly scheduled game on Wednesday night . . . San Diego left-hander Adrian Morejon needs Tommy John surgery. No date has been set for the operation on the 22-year-old from Cuba, who came out of his second start of the season, at Texas on April 11, after throwing just 16 pitches in two-thirds of an inning . . . Infielder Neil Walker, 35, announced his retirement after 12 major league seasons. Walker hit .231 with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games with Philadelphia this year. “Officially retired,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to everyone that helped me in my journey to live out my childhood dream of being a major leaguer. I loved & cherished every day.” Walker hit .267 with 149 homers and 60 RBIs for Pittsburgh, the New York Mets, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Miami, and the New York Yankees. Primarily a second baseman but also an occasional first baseman and third baseman, he had 12 homers and a career-best 83 RBIs for the Pirates in 2011, and reached his career high of 23 homers in both 2014 and 2016 . . . Tuesday’s game between the Pirates and Tigers was called about two hours before the scheduled first pitch on a snowy day in the Detroit area. The teams will try to play a doubleheader Wednesday, with the first seven-inning game starting at 2:10 p.m. Michael Fulmer (1-0) is set to pitch the opener for Detroit, with Spencer Turnbull making his season debut in the second game. Turnbull has been recovering from COVID-19. Tyler Anderson (1-2) is scheduled to start the opener for Pittsburgh, with the Game 2 starter to be determined.