Mookie swats 29th HR, exits with foot pain

Star outfielder aggravates prior injury; 'Just kind of made it mad'

September 25th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- A day after made highlight reels all across the baseball universe with the best throw of his career, Boston's star right fielder had to exit the Red Sox's 12-10 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night with pain in his left foot.

Though Betts might not play in the remaining two games in Texas, manager Alex Cora doesn't plan on shutting him down. Look for Betts to see some action in the final series of the season this weekend at Fenway Park against the Orioles.

"He will get [Wednesday] off. I don't know if he will play Thursday, but hopefully he will be ready to play during the weekend at home," Cora said.

Betts had been dealing with inflammation in that same foot, forcing him out of action from Sept. 13-19.

He aggravated it in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday, when he banged into the wall in pursuit of a triple by Delino DeShields.

"It's fine. Just kind of made it mad," Betts said. "Kind of jammed it. Just precautionary."

When the Red Sox went out for defense in the third inning, Betts was replaced in right field by Gorkys Hernández.

"I just got sore after that, so trying to get off of it," Betts said. "It was getting a little better and then re-aggravated it. There's no structural damage so it's fine."

In the second inning, Betts belted his 29th homer of the season.