In the middle of the game that was really two different games, the Dodgers lost second baseman turned centerfielder Gavin Lux after he ran hard into the outfield wall while trying to corral a deep drive off the bat of Wil Myers of the Padres.
? Prayers up for Gavin Lux who left the game after colliding with the center field wall. #Dodgers
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 30, 2021
After the game, Dave Roberts had the update on Lux where he revealed that the outfielder was dealing with a “neck stinger.” Thankfully, that means nothing is broken for the speedy Lux, but it’s still likely to keep him out for a day or two.
I think it’s kind of sit tight and hopefully he wakes up and it’s not too stiff and too sore. Typically it’s a couple day thing, so we’ll see. We don’t until tomorrow and seeing how he wakes up.
With that, Gavin will be re-evaluated on Thursday, a day where Dave already planned on getting Cody Bellinger — who replaced Lux and hit a game-tying home run in the 8th — in the starting lineup. And that keeps in line with something Roberts added with the Lux update,
That’s just kind of what this game is. Guys gotta pick each other up and Cody did that tonight.
The Dodgers can ill afford to be without the red-hot Lux for very long. In 16 games since his return from Triple-A, he’s hit over .350 while playing adequate to at times stellar defense in his new position in the outfield.
LA wraps its season series with the Padres Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Tony Gonsolin makes his 13th start of the year while San Diego turns to recently acquired Vince Velasquez.