BOSTON – Boston Red Sox right fielder and AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts was removed from today’s game against the New York Mets with “left side soreness” after making a throw to home plate in the 6th inning. Tzu-Wei Lin replaced Betts in the Boston lineup and took up position in center while starting centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. switched to play Betts’ right field position.
Betts had just made a throw to home plate in an attempt to cut-down New York’s Austin Jackson who was tagging from third base. Jackson was called safe although Boston catcher Christian Vazquez swept up the throw and tried to tag the runner. As it was a scoring play, Major League Baseball reviewed the play on videotape and the call was confirmed after a :53 second delay. New York’s Wilmer Flores recorded an RBI sacrifice fly.
Betts was met on the field by Boston’s athletic trainer and team manager Alex Cora and escorted to the dugout.
The club’d medical announcement on Betts condition came in the 7th inning of the game and a Sox spokesperson said Betts would be “evaluated further.”