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Mookie Betts (foot) expected to be fine after injuring foot Saturday vs. Orioles

Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2018 - 11:56 am

The Red Sox received a bit of a scare on Saturday when Mookie Betts left the game with a foot contusion following a collision at home plate. X-rays came back negative, but the right fielder is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

Even though he's missing the game Sunday, manager Alex Cora expects him to be fine moving forward.

"The same, contusion," Cora said before the game. "He came in and he feels he’s ready to play but we’ll keep him off his feet today and go from there. Like I’ve been saying, I’m not saying [he] was going to get the day off anyway, but it was getting close. Things happen for a reason and we know he’s going to be fine and it’s a good day for him to stay off his feet. Don’t take batting practice, hang out and let the other guys show up and do their job."

The Marathon Monday game doesn't appear likely to be played with miserable conditions expected, so it's likely Betts will make his return Tuesday on the West Coast against the Angels.

Betts is batting .353/.452/.608 to open the season and this will be the first game he's missed all season.

Taking his place in the lead-off spot will be Jackie Bradley Jr. -- the second time he's hit lead off in his career.

"I think it’s good for him, confidence wise," Cora said. "We trust him, he’s putting in good at-bats, he’s getting on base lately, hitting the ball the other way. He has a history with Bundy. Throw him in there for the first pitch and and put a good swing on it. I know he was excited when I told him last night, I don’t know if he was more excited about leading off or playing right field."

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