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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is days away from a return, and he could be playing in the infield instead of the outfield.

Weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers put star outfielder Mookie Betts on the injured list after suffering a rib fracture. That caused the team to quickly trade for Trayce Thompson to fill the void.

Now, the Dodgers faithful can expect to return to the team in relatively quick fashion.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed on July 2 that Betts has the chance to return either on the July 3 game against the San Diego Padres or on their July 4 contest against the Colorado Rockies.

Roberts also revealed that Betts will play in second base upon his return.

#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also said Mookie Betts could be back tomorrow or Monday. He’ll play second base.

— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) July 2, 2022

Dodgers: Mookie Betts could return soon and play second base

Roberts explained the reasoning behind playing Betts at second. The manager said it had to do with making easier throws, and that Betts does not want to play the designated hitter position.

#Dodgers a lot more optimistic about return of Mookie Betts (right-rib fracture). Betts took BP, played catch and took grounders today, and MGR Dave Roberts said he could return as early as next week, most likely at 2B because its an easier throw and Mookie doesnt like to DH.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 1, 2022

Betts originally started off his career as an infielder before making the switch to the outfield. At the major league level, Betts played second base in 23 games, seven of which took place last season.

Overall, he has a .965 fielding percentage at the position, where he committed just three errors on 85 chances.

Prior to his injury, Betts recorded a .273 batting average, a .349 on-base percentage, a .535 slugging percentage, 17 home runs, 40 RBI and 67 hits in 60 games.

Dodgers fans’ holiday weekend just got better after hearing that Betts’ return is imminent.

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Insider Shares Update on Return of Bills Cornerback Tre White

Getty Tre'Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after breaking up a pass during the second half of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Bills Stadium on January 09, 2021.

The Buffalo Bills have been reluctant to put any hard dates to the return of All-Pro cornerback Tre White, but an insider shared an optimistic update about the completion of his rehab process.

White was injured in the team’s Thanksgiving night win over the New Orleans Saints, tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season. Though the rehab for an ACL tear has traditionally been a full year, there are some notable exceptions in recent years and hope that White could return early in the season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler shared that the Bills are hopeful about the timeline for White’s rehab.

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As Fowler reported, the Bills seem to expect White to be back on the earlier end of the ACL rehab timeline.

“I’m told the plan is for cornerback Tre’Davious White to return to practice ‘sooner than later,’ ” Fowler wrote. “There doesn’t seem to be much panic out of Buffalo’s camp about his ability to return to the lineup.”

Because White is on track for an earlier return — Fowler didn’t put any exact date, or speculate whether he could be ready for Week 1 — the Bills don’t feel the need to bring in any other cornerbacks.

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???? J.C. Jackson: 48.0
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???? Tre’Davious White: 67.8

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“The Bills will likely keep their eye on veteran corners but don’t feel the need to overcompensate yet,” he wrote. “First-round rookie Kaiir Elam has battled well throughout camp while learning some new techniques. He was mostly a press-man corner at Florida, and the Bills have worked with him on his off-coverage, which takes time to learn. He has been eager to take that challenge and apply it.”

Elam Ready to Step Up

While White is working his way back to full health, Elam appears ready to step up. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he expects Elam to play a big role early in the season, and All-Pro safety Micah Hyde had plenty of praise for the rookie.

“You can already tell he listens. He pays attention,” Hyde said during a video conference with reporters. “You can tell as I’m saying stuff he’s taking mental notes. That’s how Tre’Davious was when he first got here. He was battling on the football field which is what Kaiir is doing, but also just learning from his mistakes and learning from the older guys.”

Kaiir Elam has the perfect mindset heading into his first year ????

— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) August 1, 2022

Elam seems up to the task. Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he made a big impression by showing up with his own notes in pre-draft interviews, breaking down his play at the University of Florida. Elam told reporters on August 1 that he already has a veteran mindset.

“I don’t like to be called a rookie,” Elam said, via Fox Sports. “I just like to be called however I perform. I am a rookie technically, but my mindset is that I’m ready when my number is called.

“When I first got to the University of Florida, I didn’t think of myself as a freshman,” Elam added. “I always thought of myself as preparing to start and preparing to be elite. That’s my same mindset here.”

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