Dodgers activate Mookie Betts off injured reserve

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts is back in his familiar first position and right-field spot for the Los Angeles Dodgers, activated off the injured list ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Betts was injured in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels on June 15 when he collided with Cody Bellinger in the outfield on a fly ball. Betts played the rest of that game but was scratched the next two games. An MRI revealed the cracked rib.

It was his third stint on IL in the past two seasons.

Betts said Saturday he felt much better than two weeks ago.

“At that time, I couldn’t swing. It hurt to breathe. It hurt to do everyday activities, Betts said. “Now I move around, it’s pretty normal.”

The original plan was for Betts to play second base for a few games, but that changed after Chris Taylor injured his left foot in Saturday’s game.

The 2018 AL MVP is fourth in the NL with 53 runs and tied for sixth with 17 homers. Los Angeles is 29-7 when scoring.

The Dodgers also reinstated left-handed pitcher David Price, who had missed three games with a medical emergency. To make room for Betts and Price, Los Angeles designated right-handed pitcher Ian Gibaut for assignment and moved infielder Eddy Alvarez to Oklahoma City’s Triple-A.

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