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Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Might Bat Leadoff After Mookie Betts Harm, Dave Roberts Says

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV June 16, 2024 Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images It is difficult to replace Mookie Betts’ impact atop a lineup, but the Los Angeles Dodgers may turn to arguably the best player in baseball. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters his “initial thought” is he will hit Shohei

Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Might Bat Leadoff After Mookie Betts Harm, Dave Roberts Says

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 16, 2024

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA CALIFORNIA-Dodgers Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts against the Rangers in the sixth inning at Dodgers Stadium Tuesday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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It’s tough to exchange Mookie Betts’ influence atop a lineup, however the Los Angeles Dodgers could flip to arguably the perfect participant in baseball.

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts told reporters his “preliminary thought” is he’ll hit Shohei Ohtani within the leadoff spot whereas Betts is sidelined.

ESPN famous Betts suffered a fractured left hand throughout Sunday’s 3-0 victory over the Kansas Metropolis Royals. He was hit within the hand by a 97.9 mph fastball from Dan Altavilla, though the harm won’t require surgical procedure.

Roberts mentioned there isn’t a actual timetable for return, though the absence will probably be “for a while.”

Los Angeles can do far worse than Ohtani in terms of discovering a alternative leadoff hitter.

The 2-time American League MVP is slashing .305/.377/.571 with 17 dwelling runs, 44 RBI and 15 stolen bases throughout his first season within the Nationwide League and brings velocity, energy and the flexibility to persistently get on base.

That’s precisely what groups need from their leadoff spot, so the Nationwide League West staff ought to not less than be capable to tread water till the opposite star returns.

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