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Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Reacts to Gavin Lux Injury

What seemed like a really good day for the Dodgers on Monday took a sour turn late in their spring game against the Padres in Peoria. Los Angeles got a solid inning from starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot (including excellent command of his changeup and striking out Manny Machado with a slider) a couple hits from Will Smith, but the top of the sixth inning change the whole feel of the game when starting shortstop Gavin Lux went down with a knee injury.

LA outfielder Mookie Betts talked with the media as he was leaving Camelback Ranch for the day, and his tone was somber as he talked about Lux’s injury.

“You just gotta stay optimistic about everything, I don’t want to jump to conclusions or anything, so we just have to get the info and put some prayers in the air for him. Hopefully he’s alright.”

Kirsten Watson of SportsNetLA asked Mookie if he’d given Lux any words of encouragement.

“You know, in a spot like that, there’s really nothing you can say. I just gave him a little pat and told him I’d call him later on.”

Betts said he didn’t see what happened to Lux in real time.

“I didn’t even see it. I was watching the ball, so … I just saw him laying down. Any time you’re holding a knee, that’s always a bad situation, but hopefully he’s alright. Like I said, I don’t want to jump to any conclusions.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also didn’t want to jump to any conclusions when he talked to the media, preferring to wait for test results. You can see his comments here:

Any injury to a starting shortstop is bad news, but right now, all we can do is hope it’s not as bad as it seems like it might be.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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