Dodgers starting shortstop Gavin Lux has officially suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season, manager Dave Roberts just told the media. This is heartbreaking news for Lux and the entire Dodgers organization.
“Well what we’ve heard what I’ve heard is there was a torn ACL,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be the season. I think it’s like an eight month recovery. Gavin is obviously crushed. It’s a huge blow… My heart just goes out to him, all of ours does.”
Lux was slated to be the team’s starting shortstop, finally getting the opportunity to play his natural position at the big league level.
In his absence, Chris Taylor will likely move back to the infield in a fuller-time shortstop role, sharing the duties with Miguel Rojas, an acquisition that now looks significantly more important due to the injury.
Roberts added that Mookie Betts will probably play more second base.
With Lux being out of the picture, the Dodgers will now have an opening on the roster, that could potentially be filled by any of the young guys this spring. I expect James Outman, Andy Pages, Michael Busch and even Luke Williams to compete for a spot on the roster, as the Dodgers desperately need some additional depth on the bench.
But the main part of this story is just being devastated for Lux, who was getting set to have a breakout year as the shortstop of the future for this team. His surgery is scheduled for March 7, per Roberts. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Lux.
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