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Red Sox place Mookie Betts on the disabled list

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Not sure what took so long

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox have been playing without Mookie Betts in their starting lineup for six days, when he was scratched from the lineup last weekend. Throughout their last series against Toronto, Alex Cora kept insisting that his star would be good to go if this were September and that he’d be ready for this current series in Houston. Well, obviously that latter part isn’t true as he’s missing his second straight game against the Astros. Apparently, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back because the team finally decided to place Betts on the ten-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game.

Although Betts has been out for six days, they can only make this stint retroactive for three. as such, he’ll be eligible to return to the Red Sox lineup next Friday.

In the meantime, a corresponding move will be announced prior to tomorrow’s game. It seemed like Tzu-Wei Lin would be the obvious choice, but apparently Sam Travis was a late scratch from today’s Pawtucket lineup. That would indicate he’ll be the call.