Another injury hit the Dodgers this weekend. Gavin Lux left Sunday’s 6-5 loss in Colorado in the ninth inning with a hamstring injury. Lux didn’t make it two whole steps before pulling up lame on a routine infield ground out.
Manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Monday that Lux won’t be back anytime soon.
“I don’t think we did any other testing outside of the manual [testing]. A lot of it with the hamstring, it’s the range of motion, the strength. Where he’s at, it was pretty clear that it was going to be an IL. It’s going to take some time.”
Lux was officially placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday with a strained left hamstring. Soft tissue injuries are notoriously difficult to navigate for a training staff. Hamstrings are the double black diamond version. Just ask Justin Turner.
Lux By the Numbers
For the season, Lux was slashing .227/.307/.656. He’s not going to win any awards for his 2021 performance thus far. That being said, he did help bridge the gap when both Zach McKinstry and Corey Seager were on the injured list in May. That month, Lux clubbed five home runs and 19 RBI while recording a .836 OPS.
This season for the Dodgers has been punctuated by injuries, but as Roberts has mentioned previously “nobody is going to feel sorry for us”. Lux joins Bellinger, Betts, Muncy, Seager, and McKinstry as notable everyday players who have hit the IL this year.
Clearly the Dodgers are not rushing Lux back from his hamstring injury and they shouldn’t.
If all goes well, help is on the way. Well, not just help, but the 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP. Activating shortstop Corey Seager “could certainly be a possibility” according to Roberts.
Sunday shouldn’t be the last of Lux in 2021. It will however be the last for a while.