Mookie Betts put on IL by Dodgers with broken left hand after getting hit by fastball

DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts went on the injured list Monday for the first time this season with a broken left hand.

The 2018 AL MVP is expected to miss roughly 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 was batting .290 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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