The Dodgers are getting Gavin Lux back into the mix of things this week. Coming off of a length injured list stint for a hamstring injury, Lux returns to a whole new lineup. He also returns to a roster that does not have much room for him starting on a daily basis.
When the Dodgers acquired Trea Turner in a deal with the Nationals, they knew that Lux’s role was going to change. He had started second base and at shortstop for much of the year when Corey Seager was out. Now there is not an obvious place for him to play consistently.
So the Dodgers did what they often do and tried Lux out at a new position. He played third base while with Oklahoma City on his rehab assignment and could even potentially see time in the outfield with Los Angeles.
But on Tuesday night, Lux will get his first career big league start at third base. The Dodgers have Justin Turner taking a day off with the team in the middle of a lengthy stretch of games. That opens the door for Lux to slot in and get the start.
Chances are that becomes Lux’s role for the rest of 2021. He will fill in for guys as they get the day off and will probably see time in the outfield. And that’s where his value will lie for the rest of 2021 barring an injury.