June 2, 2018

Red Sox Place Mookie Betts On 10-Day Disabled List

Not long after manager Alex Cora said the Red Sox would not need to put Mookie Betts on the disabled list, the Red Sox put Mookie Betts on the 10-day disabled list with a "left abdominal strain".

The move is retroactive to May 29, which means Betts could return as soon as June 8 (next Friday). Sam Travis will take Betts's place on the roster.

Cora: "He did some front toss to get loose. And then he was going to take live BP. After the first round, you could see that he was a little bit hesitant. I was like, 'Hey, wait a minute. How do you feel?' And he was honest with us. ... I feel it's a smart move now. He made some progress, but he feels he's not there yet."

Betts leads all MLB hitters in batting average (.359), slugging percentage (.750), OPS (1.187), runs scored (52), extra-base hits (37) and total bases (138).

Betts sustained the injury before last Sunday's game against Atlanta. He says he feels discomfort only when swinging the bat. "I can run, throw, do anything else. Swinging is the time where I feel ... it the most."

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