Betts sidelined a few days with food poisoning
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is expected to return to the lineup on Monday after missing two games with what has been determined to be food poisoning, manager Dave Roberts said after Saturday’s 7-1 win over Colorado.
Betts was a late scratch from Friday night’s lineup and instead of reporting to the club’s Camelback Ranch complex on Saturday, was sent to a doctor.
Roberts originally targeted a Wednesday return for Betts, who lobbied to return to the lineup on Sunday, but the club will give him an extra day to recover.
• With an off-day on Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Monday, when Alex Wood starts the Cactus League game. Walker Buehler is lined up to start on Wednesday, then the Dodgers have split-squad games scheduled for Thursday.
But there is rain in the forecast for the Phoenix area from Tuesday through Friday, so everything is tentative.
• Joc Pederson, out two weeks with a right hip injury, will make his first game appearance on Sunday, playing five innings in a Minor League game.
• Chris Taylor, after missing games with a bruised left shoulder, returned to the lineup on Saturday with two hits and two runs scored.
• Pitcher Jimmy Nelson, on the rebound from two years of injuries, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. He and Dustin May, out with a strained oblique, are unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.
• Justin Turner, after a workout on Saturday, flew home to support his wife, Kourtney, who is running in Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for the Justin Turner Foundation. Her husband is the official race starter.
Lefty Julio Urías will start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Rangers at Surprise. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT and the game will be available on MLB.TV, MLB Network and Gameday Audio.