Dodgers News: Miguel Rojas Feels ‘100 Percent’ Heading Into 2023 Season
Dodgers new starting shortstop Miguel Rojas decided to stay back with the team instead of playing with Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Rojas made the decision after Gavin Lux went down with his season-ending torn ACL, as he knew it made more sense to remain with the Dodgers and build the chemistry with his new teammates.
So far, that seems to be the right move. Rather than playing off the bench with Venezuela, Rojas was getting consistent playing time with the Dodgers in spring training — and he’s been playing some great baseball thus far.
In 12 games, Rojas is slashing .323/.382/.516 with one home run, three doubles and four runs batted in. He also has two walks, and has struck out just one time in 34 plate appearances.
On the defensive side of things, Rojas has showed off his Gold Glove-caliber defense, and had made the loss of Lux feel slightly less painful.
Speaking of less painful, Rojas told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that he feels “100 percent” heading into the new season. Rojas had wrist surgery this offseason, but clearly, is feeling much better.
“Everything feels 100 percent,” Rojas said. “I don’t have full range of motion back, but that might be because my wrist is always taped. I’ve been able to do everything.”
The Dodgers are going to need him to do just about everything. Rojas is going to be the starting shortstop, and he’s expected to play somewhere around 75 to 80 percent of the time at the position. That means, Rojas will play somewhere around 120-130 games at shortstop this year for the Dodgers.
You know his glove is going to be elite, but if his bat can remain even close to where it’s at right now, he should fill in very nicely this season as the team’s primary shortstop.
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