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Tests show bone spur for Los Angeles Dodgers’ star Mookie Betts

Aug 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mookie Betts (50) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mookie Betts (50) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Additional tests on the injured right hip of Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts revealed a bone spur that the club will try to manage through the remainder of the season.

Betts is currently on the injured list for the second time over the last month because of hip discomfort. He also missed the All-Star Game in July because of unspecified injury concerns.

Betts’ current IL stint began Wednesday when the team was in Philadelphia and he was sent back to Los Angeles for more tests. While a surgical procedure is not planned, for now, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not rule that out for the offseason.

“Right now, where we’re at, we’re trying to figure out what’s the best way to get him back with us and through the season,” Roberts said in advance of the Dodgers’ road game Friday against the New York Mets. “Once we get to the offseason, we’ll address that.”

Betts was given an injection to manage the pain and Roberts said the outfielder was feeling better. There was no timetable given for his return to the field.

Betts, 28, was batting .277 with an .899 OPS in 87 games this season and had 17 home runs with 44 RBIs. In his first season with the Dodgers last year, he helped the club to its first World Series title in 32 seasons.

In eight seasons, six of them with the Boston Red Sox, Betts is a .299 career hitter with an .896 OPS and 172 home runs with 553 RBIs. He won American League MVP honors in 2018.

–Field Level Media