Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hit on hand, leaves game vs. Royals

Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and exited the game during a 3-0 victory Sunday over the visiting Kansas City Royals.Betts was hit in the le

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hit on hand, leaves game vs. Royals

Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and exited the game during a 3-0 victory Sunday over the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Betts was hit in the left hand by a 97.9-mph fastball from Royals reliever Dan Altavilla and went to the ground in extreme pain. Betts, who hadn’t been hit by a pitch this season, took a few minutes before walking to the dugout. He was replaced by pinch runner Miguel Rojas with the Dodgers leading 3-0, and Rojas didn’t score.

Betts, 31, was 0-for-3 on Sunday to lower his batting average to .304. He entered the game leading the Dodgers in batting average (.307), on-base percentage (.407), hits (86), at-bats (280), triples (three) and walks (47) in 71 games. He also had 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in a National League-high 327 plate appearances going into Sunday.

A seven-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove Award winner, Betts was the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player while with the Boston Red Sox. He is a career .295 hitter with 262 home runs and 796 RBIs in 1,337 games over 11 seasons with the Red Sox (2014-19) and Dodgers.