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Dodgers star Mookie Betts continues to deal with a stomach ailment

Mookie Betts at spring training. Facing him are Justin Turner, left, and Max Muncy.
Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, center, talks with second baseman Max Muncy, right, and third baseman Justin Turner left, during spring training on Feb. 17.
(Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

The stomach bug that knocked Mookie Betts out of Friday night’s lineup is serious enough that the Dodgers right fielder was not in camp Saturday and is not expected to return to action until Wednesday night.

“We want to let [some medication] take and for him to get his strength back up,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Roberts said he believed Betts is getting through the “tail end” of the stomach issue and said he expects him to be in the lineup Monday against the San Diego Padres.

Betts, the 2018 American League most valuable player, who was acquired along with pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox in February, has played in seven games this spring, batting .263 (five for 19) with a double and an RBI. He is expected to bat leadoff for the Dodgers this season.

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Ross Stripling, who hopes to start this season but seems likely to return to a swingman bullpen role, gave up one run in three innings Friday night.

Betts was scratched from the lineup for Friday night’s exhibition against the Seattle Mariners and was examined by a doctor Saturday morning. Roberts said he did not know if Betts is being tested for the coronavirus.

Asked if he was concerned about Betts’ health, Roberts said, “No, I talked to him, and I think we’re attributing it to something he ate. But obviously guys are more sensitive [because of the coronavirus], as we all should be.”


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