Mookie Betts blames himself, Ohtani Nears Return and More

Mookie Betts, one of last year’s breakout stars across Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, has been struggling so far this year, as has his entire team. Betts took the blame upon himself on Monday afternoon, declaring that his play and leadership were “unacceptable.” That’s quite the drama for April, but with the Yankees struggling — they added another player to the injured list Monday — Boston needs to improve quickly on its 6-11 record. The Red Sox also designated a heralded young catcher for assignment. Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani is getting closer to his return (as a hitter) and Carlos Zambrano is making a much less likely comeback attempt himself.

Mookie Betts is hitting .222, and the 6-11 Red Sox desperately miss his big bat at the top of the lineup.

The Red Sox also gave up on catcher Blake Swihart, who had struggled defensively but was one of the game’s top prospects at the position not long ago.

Speaking of last year’s most exciting players, the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani had Tommy John surgery but should return as a hitter soon.

Meanwhile, in the Bronx, the Yankees are back up to 12 players on the injured list. CC Sabathia returned, but now Greg Bird is out.

Finally, remember Carlos Zambrano? He’s only 37 and thinks he can make a comeback.

TOP STORIES

• Betts: ‘What I’m doing is unacceptable’ | MLB.com

• Red Sox give up on Blake Swihart in surprising release | New York Post

• Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gets positive news from latest check-up | Orange County Register

• Yankees add Bird to crowded IL; Voit to start | ESPN.com

• Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano launches comeback with Chicago Dogs | Chicago Sun-Times

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The Mookie Betts, one of last year's breakout stars across Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, has been struggling so far this year, as has the entire team. Betts took the blame upon himself Monday afternoon, declaring that his play and leadership were "unacceptable." That's quite the drama for April, but with the Yankees struggling — they added another player to the injured list Monday — Boston needs to improve quickly on its 6-11 record. The Red Sox also designated a heralded young catcher for assignment. Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani is getting closer to his return (as a hitter), and Carlos Zambrano is making a much less likely comeback attempt himself.
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