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Mookie Betts released Friday against Brewers amid the break-in on the plate

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning.

Dodger’s right fielder Mookie Betts won’t face the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

(Jed Jacobsohn / Associated Press)

MILWAUKEE – Mookie Betts trained at American Family Field on Friday afternoon, hours before the first field between the Dodgers and Brewers, pausing after a few swings. Every time he stopped, he spoke to the few people who looked closely. Justin Turner was one of them who battled the cold to stand behind the cage and give Betts feedback.

Betts was in the racket’s box for at least half an hour. Chances are he won’t be back on Friday. A few minutes later, the Dodgers announced their lineup and Betts was not included.

Manager Dave Roberts said it was a scheduled day off for Betts amid a stretch of 14 games in 14 days. The reason was calm. But it’s impossible to ignore why Betts trained in hitting early on. The $ 365 million cornerstone franchise is struggling.

Betts is 13 for 61 (.213) with a home run and a percentage of .668 based plus slugging in 15 games since April 13, when he returned from a back injury that sidelined him for four games. He’s seven for 36 (.194) with three doubles, four walks, and eleven rashes since he was hit by a blow to the right forearm.

Roberts said he didn’t think the back injury or the hit from the pitch interfered with Betts.

“Just turn the bases, defend the aggressiveness of the swings,” said Roberts, “I don’t think it affects the back and the way it carries on.”

Bad luck for Betts when he saw a couple of balls hit hard and snapped at outs, but whatever the reason, he wasn’t on the plate himself.

On Thursday he met left-hander Eric Lauer in his first two record appearances. Both times he went to the dugout, clearly frustrated. He has four multi-elimination games – all in eight games as of April 22nd. Last year he hit more than once in six of 55 regular season games.

With the Friday day off scheduled, he was out in the field early, with Turner’s help, working to figure things out.

“Mookie killing bats with balls in the strike zone isn’t doing as well as usual,” said Roberts. “Leaving the zone is very atypical. So … take a few extra swings, feel a little better about his mechanics and that will lead him to performance.

“I think it’s more mechanical things that he works through with the beating guys and Justin is a great guy for having to bounce things off too.”

Matt Beaty will make his first major league start in the right field in Betts’ place. Chris Taylor will start in the middle and take Betts’ leadership role.

It’s going to be a bullpen game for the Dodgers. You give the ball to right-handed Edwin Uceta to start the game. It will be Uceta’s major league debut. Roberts said Uceta was scheduled to log two innings. He was called back minutes before Thursday’s game when Brusdar Graterol was placed on the 10-day injured list with a tight right forearm.

DODGERS (16-10)

Chris Taylor CF.
Corey Seager SS
Justin Turner 3B
Max Muncy 1B
Will Smith C.
AJ Pollock LF
Matt Beaty RF
Gavin Lux 2B
Edwin Uceta P.

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