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Dodgers News: Gavin Lux Scratched from Lineup with Lingering Neck Issue

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a plan in motion early in the afternoon on Friday. Then the injury bug popped back up. Initially, with Trea Turner getting his first day off of the 2022 season, Gavin Lux was slated to start at shortstop. However, a lingering neck issue resurfaced and he was scratched from the starting lineup.

Hanser Alberto gets his first start at shortstop of the season.

Lux missed a handful of games last week with an issue in his neck that affects his swing and actually worsens with each swing. As it stands, the infielder will sit for at least Friday and Saturday night’s games before the team re-evaluates him on Sunday.

This isn’t the first time Gavin has dealt with neck issues. Last September, he tweaked his neck after a collision with the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium as he was getting acclimated to playing in the outfield for the first time in his young career. The issues appear to be unrelated.

The 24-year-old is in the midst of his best season as a big leaguer. Already having played in a career-high 115 games, Lux has helped solidify the bottom of the lineup with a .293 average and .368 on-base percentage. While his power stroke hasn’t quite been there this year, he’s doing more than his part in keep the lineup moving and driving in runs near the lower third of the order.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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