Los Angeles Dodgers fans were expecting big things out of Gavin Lux in 2023. With Trea Turner leaving for the Philadelphia Phillies, the former top Dodgers prospect was finally given full shortstop duties as a key member of the team moving forward.
An injury in the second half of the 2022 season ultimately derailed what looked like a very promising campaign for Lux. Unfortunately, Lux looks like he'll once again struggle with injuries as he was carted off the field Monday against the San Diego Padres.
Lux attempted to dodge the throw to second base from third baseman Jantzen White and awkwardly planted on his right leg. The shortstop instantly came up holding his right knee in pain while the cart had to be brought out to take him off of the field.
Per Dodgers beat writers, Lux couldn't put any weight on his right leg. That could've been precautionary, but either way it isn't a good sign.
Gavin Lux's injury seems very serious for the Dodgers
This wasn't a typical spring training where the team removed a player out of an abundance of caution. This was a legitimate non-contact injury that could end up being very serious for Lux and the Dodgers.
It'll take some time before the severity of the injury is clear, but it would be surprising if Lux was ready to play by Opening Day, which is just a month away. Unfortunately, it could end up being far more serious than that, derailing Lux's 2023 season before it even begins.
The Dodgers are now going to have to scramble to figure out the rest of the infield. Suddenly, trading for Miguel Rojas seems much wiser as he can take on full-time shortstop duties if Lux has to miss significant time. That hurts the depth of the infield, though, as Rojas was meant to be the versatile utility player.
This could force Chris Taylor to spend more time in the infield rather than the outfield. The Dodgers have been raving about Jason Heyward and his improved swing and this could naturally open a spot for him to make the roster on Opening Day.
Regardless, this is an extremely tough break for Lux and the Dodgers. This was meant to be a breakout season for the young infielder and now we'll have to wait and see what the verdict is.