The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins on Thursday, but might have suffered a bigger loss.
Dodgers MVP candidate Mookie Betts left the game with a foot injury and was later seen leaving LoanDepot Park on crutches Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times. X-rays allegedly came back negative on the foot.
Betts left the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it appears the injury occurred on the first at-bat of the game. The only foul ball where Betts appeared to have the ball bounce off his foot was on that pitch in the first inning. Considering Betts continued to play right field for the next seven innings, the injury must have developed slowly.
Betts went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run at the plate.
More will be learned about Betts’ status on Friday, but any missed time would be bad news for the Dodgers. The former MVP has been arguably the best player in the majors over the past month or two.
Since Aug. 1, he’s hitting .422/.490/.758 with 11 home runs on Thursday, adding some spice to an NL MVP race that once seemed set for Ronald Acuña Jr. Betts has played in 133 of 139 games for the Dodgers this season.
Betts’ injury was just one notable point in the Dodgers’ 10-1 win, as rookie starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot, who was promoted back to the major leagues after Julio Urías was placed on administrative leave following a domestic violence arrest, pitched a perfect game in the seventh inning, where it was broken up by a Josh Bell single. There was also a bizarre case of a ball boy disrupting a live ball.