The first lineup the Dodgers released for Game 1 of their doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday didn’t include Mookie Betts. It was not surprising. Betts had said he wasn’t sure whether he would play Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s scheduled game as a protest that ignited the decision for both clubs to follow suit and force a postponement.
But, minutes later, the Dodgers released a revised lineup with Betts in it. He’ll bat leadoff and play right field.
One of baseball’s most prominent figures, Betts said Wednesday he wasn’t sure when he would play again. He had decided he wasn’t playing Wednesday even if the Dodgers proceeded to play but said he would’ve supported his teammates playing without him. Clayton Kershaw said the team chose to discuss whether to play after hearing Betts’ decision.
Kershaw, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, is slated to take the mound in the opener. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. The teams will conclude their three-game series after the Giants won Tuesday’s opener, 10-8, in extra innings.