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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts returns after 15 games away

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated Mookie Betts from the injured list ahead of their 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres in Sunday’s series finale.

Betts was back in his usual leading spot and playing right field. He went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two walks and scored both Dodgers runs.

Betts first led the Dodgers with a brace into the left field corner and scored when Trea Turner fielded a MacKenzie Gore fastball down the left field line for a double.

In the fourth, Betts attempted to score from second on a Freddie Freeman left hit, but Jurickson Profar quickly played the ball out and fired home, where receiver Jorge Alfaro applied the tag. Betts, who is still feeling some effects from his injuries, didn’t try to slip.

Betts, 29, has missed the Dodgers’ last 15 games with a cracked right rib suffered when he collided with center back Cody Bellinger in a game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Betts, the American League’s most valuable player in 2018 when he played for the Boston Red Sox and a five-time All-Star, is hitting .278 with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .901 OPS this season.

In other moves Sunday, the Dodgers reinstated left-hander David Price from the family medical emergency list, moved infielder Eddy Alvarez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated right-hander Ian Gibaut for assignment.

Price, 36, a 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, left the bullpen this season and has a 3.20 ERA in 19⅔ innings pitched.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.