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Mookie Betts turned on IL by Dodgers with a broken left hand after being hit by a fastball

Mookie Betts turned on IL by Dodgers with a broken left hand after being hit by a fastball

DENVER – Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts was on the injured list for the first time this season Monday with a broken left hand.

The 2018 AL MVP is expected to miss about six to eight weeks, manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Monday night’s game against Colorado.

The 31-year-old shortstop was hit by a 97.9 mph fastball from reliever Dan Altavilla in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Betts, a seven-time All-Star, is hitting .304 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 72 games.

The Dodgers recalled outfielder Miguel Vargas for his second stint this season. He hit .250 with three doubles, one homer and four RBIs in eight games. Vargas hit .290 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.