Messaging from Justin Turner Has Resonated with Dodgers’ Gavin Lux Through Injury
When Gavin Lux’s knee buckled and gave way in Peoria, Arizona, it was the beginning of a long, arduous journey back to the field for the shortstop. Lux had reconstructive surgery on his right knee one month ago and has been going through the physical therapy process since. Through the Dodgers’ first homestand, the infielder has made sure to stay connected with his teammates as best as he can.
Earlier this week he shared his thoughts on the benefits of being around the team through this process. That, while it may be hard to explain, something can be learned from being around the team every day. And that was something instilled in him by former Dodger great Justin Turner.
“Yeah, absolutely. Obviously, you can’t play, so looking for ways to still be able to benefit from it and still being in the hitter’s meetings — still watching the game, still talking to your teammates and picking guy’s brains about how they’re feeling. Just little stuff like that I think keeps you stay connected and keeps you engaged. I think there’s a lot to learn by just watching games and I can’t tell you exactly what it is. But you know there’s stuff you can learn every game and I think JT was the one who told me that he’s like, ‘watch the games. Get off the iPad. Watch the game.’ You can learn a lot from just watching.”Via AM570 LA Sports Radio
Lux will be spending the next few weeks of home games at Dodger Stadium with the team before ramping up his physical therapy back in Arizona at Camelback Ranch. While he’s still on crutches, he won’t be allowed in the dugout, but he’s still around before gaining experience he might not have otherwise.
So he may not be on the roster, but he’s remaining very much part of the team. And, when the team is on the road, he still keeping up with “the boys” by logging in and playing some Call of Duty.
Gavin’s big season may be put on hold for one year, but he won’t be forgotten during his time away.
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You got to step up when its your time and not get injured.
For sure. This is a new beginning for Lux, not an end. Not the new beginning one wants, but one has to look at it that way. He can stay at home and watch tapes on MLB pitchers all day long, n take notes! When he’s a
healthier , he can do what Vargas did, and just take pitches in BP. Until he can put pressure on it, then just start to swing here n there.