Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts (hip) hitless in return from 16-game absence

SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers activated outfielder Mookie Betts from the 10-day injured list, and he started in right field Thursday night in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Betts batted third in the lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game since Aug. 7.

He missed 16 games with right hip inflammation. The 2018 American League MVP while with Boston, Betts is hitting .274 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs.

The Dodgers also recalled left-hander Darien Nunez and optioned infielder Gavin Lux and outfielder/infielder Matt Beaty to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Nunez returns for his fourth stint with the club and is 0-1 with a 8.22 ERA in six games, including one start, this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.