Another potential weapon is on the mend for the Dodgers. Middle infielder Gavin Lux will begin his rehab assignment this weekend with the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Ahead of Sunday’s matinee against the Angels, manager Dave Roberts provided the update on Lux’s status.
“Gavin is on his way today [Sunday] to join the OKC team.”
Lux, who has been sidelined since July 19 as a result of a strain in his left hamstring, will look to gain his feet from under himself during his stint with OKC before returning to the Blue Crew. He will bat in the two hole and start at second base during his tenure with the affiliate.
The former top prospect has yet to live up to the hype that made him such a coveted asset during his minor league career. The 23-year-old has slashed an unexceptional .227/.307/.349 with 6 home runs and 37 RBI’s this year before being sidelined with the injury.
While it is uncertain what Lux’s role will be upon returning to the Dodgers, fans can expect a considerable reduction in playing time for him at second base after the acquisition of speedy infielder Trea Turner at the trade deadline.
With Turner and starting Shortstop Corey Seager presumably entrenched up the middle in Roberts’ defensive lineup, Lux may be forced into a utility role or to spend more time in the minors to develop into the player that the organization hopes he can be in the near future.