Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is expected to see the shortstop run for the first time in 11 years.
Betts did not participate in the game against the New York Mets held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, USA on the 19th (Korean time). Betts left the team briefly because his wife was expecting their second child and was put on the condolence leave list.
ESPN said, “Betts will return to the lineup for the final game of a three-game series against the New York Mets on the 20th, and can return as a part-time shortstop.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is said to have laughed and said before the game against the Mets on the 19th, “We will see (Betts’ shortstop).”
The Dodgers’ shortstop position was devastated. Trey Turner, who was the Dodgers’ main shortstop until last year, signed an 11-year, $300 million contract with Philadelphia after becoming a free agent after the 2022 season.
Gavin Lux, who was selected as the next starting shortstop, which was the reason for not catching Turner, suffered a cruciate ligament rupture injury during an exhibition game and was out for the season.
Shortstop Miguel Rojas, acquired in a trade from Miami, is batting 1.25 with an OPS of .356, and is struggling with Binta. Chris Taylor, who can be a shortstop as a utility player, suffered a side injury during the Mets game on the 18th and was replaced. He’s not on the injured list for now, and he’s doing recovery training.
In the end, manager Roberts is considering using Betts as a shortstop as a temporary measure. Betts has been playing second base intermittently since being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.
This year, he also played 35 innings in 5 games as a second baseman, and digested 263 innings in 35 games as a second baseman in the major leagues. However, the last time he played as a shortstop was in the minor leagues in 2012.
ESPN said, “Coach Roberts doesn’t think Betts playing shortstop temporarily is an injury risk.” Manager Roberts said, “The shortstop position looks very natural.” 온라인바카라
Betts was traded from Boston to the Dodgers ahead of the 2020 season, and the Dodgers signed a 12-year, $365 million (approximately 483.4 billion won) contract extension with Betts. He won the 2018 American League MVP and is a six-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove, and five-time Silver Slugger. All Gold Glove awards were won as outfielders. Last year, he won all three All-Star, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger awards.