Gavin Lux Just Went Down Hard and Had to Be Carted Off the Field (UPDATE: Torn ACL)
UPDATE: Unfortunately for Gavin Lux and the Dodgers, the news is bad.
The injury was indeed to the knee, and it is indeed a torn ACL:
It is at least conceivable that Lux could be back for the final few weeks of the season or for the postseason, if his healing is tremendously fast (we saw it in 2016 with Kyle Schwarber). But even in that very unlikely case, he probably won’t be able to play in the field, and he still would’ve missed the vast majority of the season.
Hopefully Lux recovers fully, and in the meantime, the Dodgers might consider their options for adding another middle infielder.
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A scary and ugly scene in the Los Angeles Dodgers game today, as infielder Gavin Lux just went down hard as he approached third base.
I don’t want to speculate on the specific injury, but you can see that it looked bad:
Lux stayed down for a while, grabbing the leg, and ultimately had to be carted off the field.
Hopefully it’s not a major injury for Lux, who is one of the Dodgers’ many good young players. You hate to see it for anyone.
Lux, 25, hit .276/.346/.399/113 wRC+ last year for the Dodgers, and figures/d to see regular time at shortstop and second base this year.
The Dodgers already saw Miguel Rojas leave their game against the Cubs yesterday with a foot issue, and Rojas was the guy the Dodgers added so that Lux wouldn’t have to start at shortstop every day. So their middle infield is now potentially a mess.
Yes, it’s reasonable to keep an eye on the situation in case the Dodgers, for example, decided they wanted to add a versatile second baseman in trade from the Cubs. Nick Madrigal? Their old friend Zach McKinstry? Not to be untoward about a player injury, but the Dodgers may decide they need to cover the absence as quickly as possible.