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Dodgers News: Injuries a Leading Cause for Miguel Vargas’s Struggles in Rookie Season

The 2023 season for the Dodgers was a special one, despite it not ending in the manner that anyone would have hoped for. The team did overachieve most expectations that were put on them to start the year, and they ended up winning the NL West once again.

But one of the more disappointing parts of the season was the play of young infielder Miguel Vargas. Vargas made the team as the Opening Day second baseman but struggled throughout the first half of the season before he was optioned back to Triple-A.

It was tough sledding for one of the Dodgers top prospects, and the team was hoping for much more from him. At the GM Meetings, Dodgers General Manager Brandon Gomes gave some thoughts on Vargas and blamed hand injuries as to why he had trouble this past season.

Vargas broke multiple fingers in Spring Training, and he wasn’t able to really swing the bat for some time. It seemed to mess with him over the course of the season, and he never could recover from it.

He appeared in 81 games for the Dodgers this past season, hitting just. 195 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in. At the Triple-A level this season, Vargas hit .288 with 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in over 60 games, showing that he still has the ability to produce.

The hope is that he will be much better going forward, and he seems to still be a valuable piece to the Dodgers plan going forward. Vargas is still only 23 years old and the Dodgers believe that he will turn things around. He needs to show that he can next season, otherwise, LA may look to move on from him.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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