Dodgers moving Mookie Betts to shortstop; Roberts says change is permanent

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he is permanently moving Mookie Betts to shortstop.

Mookie Betts is already switching spots in the infield for the Los Angeles Dodgers, moving to shortstop from second base.Los Angeles planned for the six-time Gold Glove and seven-time All-Star outfielder to be the regular second baseman but shifted him to shortstop for Friday night’s spring training game against Cincinnati. Manager Dave Roberts called the switch, 12 days before the opener, "permanent, for now.

So to get him back over there, shorten the throw, it should be less of a toll on his body overall and give him an opportunity to have success."Los Angeles opens March 20 against San Diego, part of a two-game series in Seoul, South Korea.Betts hit .307 with a career-high 39 homers and 107 RBIs last season, finishing second in NL MVP voting. Betts played 107 games in right field, 70 at second base and 16 at shortstop in his 10th big league season.

 

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