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Mookie Betts: Sore side 'checked out to be just fine'

Rob Bradford
September 16, 2018 - 5:22 pm

For a few hours Sunday afternoon Red Sox fans held their breath. Mookie Betts came out of a game due to injury.

The outfielder was escorted off the Fenway Park field by manager Alex Cora and trainer Masai Takahashi in the sixth inning after throwing home on Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly. It would be later announced by the team that the exit was due to left side soreness. Considering Betts had missed 12 games in June due to a similar ailment, red flags went up.

But after the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Mets Cora suggested this issue was nothing like the one Betts dealt with at the end of May, going so far as to say he wouldn't be surprised if the MVP candidate was back in the lineup at designated hitter Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

"Mookie, he felt a little bit sore. I took him right away," Cora said. "He’s in the clubhouse right now. He’s saying he’s fine on Tuesday. He’ll get treatment tomorrow and see how he reacts to it and we’ll go from there."

Betts, who said he had been dealing with the discomfort for a couple of days, agreed that this was nowhere near the severity of the injury which put him on the disabled list.

"Was able to get some stretching, get some work in," he said. "Kind of flared back up on the second throw. Like I said it’ll be fine, and be ready to play Tuesday." Betts later added, "You know I was just coming out of it for precautionary, just to make it didn’t get any worse. But it checked out to be just fine."