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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (ribs) has not been cleared for baseball activities yet, according to manager Dave Roberts. The organization was hopeful that Betts would return within two weeks. That timetable is not realistic and fantasy managers should expect Betts to be sidelined until around the All-Star break. This is certainly frustrating for fantasy managers, but they will have to be patient for a little longer.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel locked down his 13th save of the season on Friday night in the 4-1 win over his former team, the Atlanta Braves. Kimbrel allowed one hit and struck out one in his inning of work. Things haven't gone great for the hard-throwing right-hander in his first year as the Dodgers closer, as he has a 4.30 ERA in 23 innings pitched, but he's the closer on one of the best teams in baseball. The 34-year-old has also only blown one save this year and has struck out 35 hitters in his 23 innings of work for LA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Andrew Heaney (shoulder) on the injured list on Friday with left shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Reyes Moronta from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. It's extremely frustrating, as Heaney recently returned from an injured list stint due to his left shoulder. He's only made three starts on the season, but in those starts he's allowed just one earned run while striking out 23 and walking four over 15 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old could be out for an extended period of time again, but he should be stashed in all fantasy formats. There's a chance that Mitch White will join LA's rotation as we inch closer to the end of the first half of the season.
The Detroit Tigers agreed to trade outfielder Trayce Thompson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations on Monday. Thompson will rejoin a Dodgers team that he last played for in 2016, a season in which he hit .225 with 13 homers. The Dodgers were in need of some outfield depth after losing Mookie Betts (ribs) and Kevin Pillar (shoulder) to injury over the past few weeks. Thompson was hitting .305 with 17 homers at Triple-A this season while getting one hit in 14 at-bats at the big-league level.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and three strikeouts in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Guardians. The stolen base was his 14th of the year and his lone hit of the day, a single, extended his hit streak to 12 games. Over the course of his current hit streak, he's tallied four home runs, four stolen bases, seven RBI and eight runs. The 28-year-old is in the midst of yet another standout season. Across 65 games, he's slashing .301/.352/.480 with nine home runs, 49 RBI and 33 runs.