The Dodgers were dealt a big blow on Monday when Gavin Lux blew out his knee on a freak play on the bases. Shockwaves were sent throughout the clubhouse and all over the LA fan base. Lux was ready to take over the shortstop position for the team this year but is now out for the season.
On Friday against the Angels in Tempe, Arizona, one fan was spotted supporting the injured Lux with an incredible homemade sign. The message? “Get well soon, Gavin,” from Gavin’s #1 fan.
The 25-year-old expressed his appreciation for the support he’s received from the great Dodgers fanbase. He told our Doug McKain as much on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.
“Yeah, Dodgers fans. I felt pretty much all the love and support last night, this morning. Best fan base in the world. Can’t thank them enough for all the love and support. I really appreciate it.”
Lux was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft and rose to prospect stardom during the 2019 season. He made his debut with LA that September and hit his first career home run. He made the postseason roster and went on to hit his first career postseason home run in his first at-bat.
Gavin spent the next few seasons up and down with the club before establishing himself as the starting second baseman in 2022. Over that stretch, the Kenosha, Wisconsin native has grown into a fan favorite at the ballpark.
How Did Gavin Lux Injure Himself?
Lux injured his right knee in an awkward play where he attempted to get out of the way of a throw while running to third base. His cleat caught and his leg buckled outward. He was down on the floor for several minutes before being carted off the field. The next it was confirmed that he had torn the ACL in his right knee and strained the LCL as well.
He’s expected to undergo season-ending surgery on March 7th in Los Angeles. Team surgeon Dr. Neal El Attrache will perform the operation.
In the wake of the injury, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that offseason acquisition Miguel Rojas would take the bulk of time at the shortstop position with Chris Taylor also seeing time. Rojas told media that he’s ready to assume the role and opted out of playing for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic to better prepare for the season with the Dodgers.
Make a heartfelt sign and you might get a story written about it!