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Mookie Betts could be back in ‘the next few days’; waiver request Ian Gibaut activated
Mookie Betts continued to increase his rehab workload after a cracked rib on Friday.
He took swings on a pitching machine, headed in goal and, most importantly, felt good afterwards, leading manager Dave Roberts to say Betts could be back ‘in the next few days’ .
While Roberts didn’t give a more specific timeline — he said it needed to be determined whether Betts could return before the end of the weekend — he nonetheless said it was a good sign for the former MVP, has been out since sustaining a rib injury in a June 15 field collision with teammate Cody Bellinger.
“As far as what we wanted to accomplish, he’s going out of his way to pass that test,” Roberts said. “Take balls on the ground, throw, stretch. I just talked to him and he said everything was fine.
Roberts reiterated that Betts would likely return to play second base, where he wouldn’t be as bothered by short infield throws.
Roberts said Betts, who told the team he wasn’t comfortable being a designated hitter, will need to be mindful when he returns not to dive — on the field or when managing bases.
The last step for Betts will be facing the live pitch, which he is expected to do on Saturday against Caleb Ferguson, who is also on the injured list.
“That’s probably the last box he has to check,” Roberts said.
Ian Gibaut activated
A day after claiming him off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians, right-handed pitcher Ian Gibaut was activated by the Dodgers, who went for Justin Bruihl in a corresponding move.
Gibaut, 28, has played 28 major league games in four seasons with four different teams. He made an appearance for the Guardians on Monday before being designated for an assignment and claimed by the Dodgers.
“I was damn happy,” Gibaut said with a beaming smile at the thought of joining the Dodgers. “I was pretty excited to come out here.”
Roberts said the team was intrigued by Gibaut’s arsenal, which includes an over-90mph fastball, slider and change, and a newly implemented cutter that Gibaut said Dodgers staff gave him. say love.
“I’ve only been having fun with it for a few days,” said Gibaut, who said he used it during his outing with the Guardians last week. “But yeah, I thought I’d hop on the mound and try it and test it in a game. I liked the way it moved. It felt good.