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Dodgers: Gavin Lux and AJ Pollock Day-to-Day With Minor Injuries

The Dodgers are getting dinged up pretty heavily in the early going of the season. They’ve already lost Cody Bellinger likely for the weekend as the All-Star outfielder recovers from a calf injury. And now, Los Angeles might be without a few other regulars. 

Gavin Lux was a late scratch prior to Thursday’s game against the Rockies. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts later said that Lux had a sore wrist and he is currently considered day-to-day heading into the Padres series. Lux was used as a pinch-runner during the game on Thursday.

Lux came in to run for AJ Pollock, who is also going to be day-to-day heading into the Padres series. The Dodgers outfielder sustained a strained groin when running down the first base line at some point during the game Thursday.

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Dave Roberts has already said that Cody Bellinger has almost zero chance of playing in the series this weekend. With that in mind, the Dodgers are going to have to lean heavily on a few main guys this weekend. 

Expect guys like Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry to be in the lineup for all 3 games. The Dodgers will also have Mookie Betts back since Thursday was just a scheduled day off for him. While Pollock has not been playing on a daily basis, Lux has been a consistent fixture in the lineup for most of the year. 

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  1. This is what bothers me about how Dodgers handle these players who are nursing minor ailments. ‘Day to day until they finally realize that the injuries are more severe than anticipated and the result is playing a few guys short on the active roster. Brace yourselves for a tough weekend series ahead with the Padres. As it is then, with Lux and Pollock both out the weak link on the team which is the bench just got weaker and shorter.

  2. The Dodgers can absorb injuries better than anyone. They are deeper than deep. Lux has already slipped into the sub-mediocrity where he has languished ever since graduating from the minors. McKinstry is now the logical choice at 2B, along with Taylor, when Bellinger returns. Pollack has looked better lately after a slow start. His RHB is needed, as a platoon guy, pinch hitter, or every day left fielder if he continues to heat up with the bat. The Dodger’s 11-2 record speaks to their depth. Friedman has built a powerhouse. I expect Buehler to blow away the Pads, and JT to have another field day with the bat. The Pads are just another team to hang a loss on.

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