When we went to bed last night, we all hoped for the best for Gavin Lux but feared the worst after watching him injure his knee in yesterday’s spring training game against the Padres. This morning, we found out those fears were true, as the Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the Los Angeles shortstop will miss the entire 2023 season with a torn ACL.
It’s terrible news for everyone, but especially for the 25-year-old Lux, who was finally in line to be LA’s starting shortstop after spending most of his first four MLB seasons at second base because he was blocked at short by Corey Seager and then Trea Turner. Instead, Lux will spend the 2023 season rehabbing after his March 7 surgery.
This morning, shortly after the announcement, Lux reached out to his fans on social media to thank them for their support.
Lux really came into his own in 2022 before a neck injury slowed him down at the end of the season. Through August 22, the last game he played before the neck issue cropped up, he was batting .297 with an .812 OPS, and he led the National League in triples. Lux worked hard all offseason to get stronger, reportedly adding 6 MPH to his bat speed while working at Driveline.
Lux’s injury is also obviously bad news for the Dodgers, who lose their starting shortstop. They have Chris Taylor and Miguel Rojas, both of whom are natural shortstops who had been slated to play other positions this year, so they aren’t left without anyone to play there. But moving one or both of those guys to short opens up other holes, so the Lux news will have a ripple effect throughout the roster.
We here at Dodgers Nation send our best to Lux and wish him all the best in his surgery and recovery.
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