In case you needed confirmation that Dodgers standout Gavin Lux actually was alright after his scary collision with the left-center wall on Wednesday night, you can take this prank as the team’s official statement on the matter.
Midway through what looked like a blowout Dodgers loss and eventually turned into the Win of the Year to keep the pace in the NL West race (we know, we know…), Lux followed a hard liner into the left-center gap in a 5-5 ballgame and unfortunately made contact with the fence before the ball could nestle in his glove.
Lux hit the wall hard and had to be escorted from the game. Along with the three-game deficit staring Los Angeles in the face if they couldn’t flip the game back around, this made for quite an unpleasant evening.
According to the team, though, Lux is fine — he’s battling a neck stinger, and you have to assume he’ll be active sooner rather than later based on the little present his teammates left for him — and paid their respects to during the game.
We see you, kid.
Dodgers’ Gavin Lux got trolled by his teammates for an outfield crash.
Two for flinchin’!
Wednesday’s action was such a shame because…well, the Gavin Lux center field experiment had actually been going extremely well prior to the most recent setback. In the month of Sept., he’s hit .367 with a .976 OPS across 16 games.
Lux, formerly a top-five prospect in baseball, has struggled to find his footing in the middle infield for the Dodgers, crowded out by superstars time and again.
In center, he won’t be able to shake that off, either — Cody Bellinger says hello. But, if he can adequately defend the outfield gaps, he can have a postseason role on this team.
And, again, things were looking more than adequate before Wednesday’s mishap.
Hopefully, Lux can laugh everything off with his teammates by his side, as long as that stinging neck isn’t too painful.
With just one weekend to go before the postseason begins, and the Dodgers seeming ever likelier to be stuck in a one-game, winner-take-all playoff showdown with Adam Wainwright, Lux could be a major factor in the late innings.