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Dodgers News: Chris Taylor to Get on ‘Throwing Program’ With Gavin Lux Out

With the news that Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux is out for the season with a torn ACL, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts is working on his plan to fill that hole at short. In talking to the media on Tuesday morning, Roberts said Miguel Rojas, re-acquired from the Marlins this offseason, will get the bulk of the starts at short.

But Roberts also said Chris Taylor will get time at shortstop. Taylor, who came up as a shortstop and moved to the outfield when he was suddenly a good enough hitter to play every day but LA had Corey Seager at short, had been slated to play mostly in the outfield, and Roberts had said the outfield worked better for Taylor because of elbow issues he’s had in the past.

Roberts was asked on Tuesday if Taylor’s elbow can handle short, and Doc said they’re working on it.

“I talked to Chris. He is 100 percent healthy, now it’s just getting on the throwing program to make sure that he can handle the throw from shortstop. He’s aware of that, he feels confident in that, and so now the bouncing around from short to potentially play a little bit of third base, potentially, if he needs to spell Max [Muncy], and then to play a little left field. So we’re confident, yes, that he can do that, yes.”

Taylor had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow prior to the 2022 season, and he was limited to the outfield the first part of last season because of that. Roberts saying Taylor is completely healthy is good news, as a variety of ailments hindered him last season and led to his worst season since becoming a regular in 2017.

Things will likely change a bit over the rest of spring training as thing play themselves out, but for now, it looks like this is the plan.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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