After just the third day of Spring Training games, the Los Angeles Dodgers are already in perilous situation, as Gavin Lux is more than likely going to miss the entire 2023 season with a knee injury suffered in Monday's game.
After various reports suggested the Dodgers are bracing for the worst, we've now learned that Lux will miss the entire 2023 season after an MRI revealed a torn ACL. The 25-year-old, who said he felt something "pop" in his right knee, went down when he was running to third base after falling awkwardly when trying to get out of the way of a throw to second base. He was carted off the field and couldn't put any weight on the injured leg.
This now creates a whole new depth situation for the Dodgers infield. Miguel Rojas will more than likely shift into the starting shortstop role. Before LA considers making a bigger trade to address the loss of Lux, perhaps they give Michael Busch some run to see if he can secure the utility role that was initially reserved for Rojas.
At this point, it'll be extremely difficult for the Dodgers to address the starting shortstop vacancy just a month away from Opening Day. Harp on all the Willy Adames "rumors" you want, but no team with any shot at securing a Wild Card spot is going to sell on a sizable asset at this juncture of the offseason. We're probably looking at something more along the lines of an Isiah Kiner-Falefa (Yankees) or Nicky Lopez (Royals) trade.
Dodgers News: Gavin Lux injury, new signing, Miguel Vargas status
- In wake of the Lux news, the Dodgers signed shortstop Bryson Brigman to a minor-league contract. The 27-year-old was last in the Miami Marlins organization and logged 209 Triple-A games across 2021-2022. He's yet to make his MLB debut after backsliding both offensively and defensively in 2022. This is for depth and nothing more. Perhaps Michael Busch gets elevated in the meantime and LA goes through its internal options before making a bigger outside move?
- In other Dodgers injury news, Miguel Vargas has been dealing with a pinky fracture for the last week or so. Though he's played in two Spring Training games so far, he wasn't allowed to swing the bat due to his injury ... and he's somehow walked twice in four plate appearances. The Dodgers opted to play him so they could continue bringing him up to speed at second base, where he'll likely play all of 2023. There's good news here, too: on Monday, Vargas was cleared to start swinging, so we might not be too far off from a few preseason dingers from the Dodgers top prospect.
MLB News: Tyler Glasnow injury, Yordan Alvarez injury, Jays hire former Astro
- Possible future Dodgers acquisition Tyler Glasnow of the Rays is dealing with an oblique issue that's now requiring an MRI. The right-hander has made just 39 total starts since the beginning of 2019 and only 16 since the start of 2021 due to injuries (most recently Tommy John surgery). It's unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day, and will reportedly be laid up for 6-to-8 weeks.
- Astros star Yordan Alvarez still isn't swinging a bat this spring as he's dealing with left hand soreness (stemming from the 2022 season). The Astros are not being very candid about the situation and haven't provided a timeline for Alvarez to get back to baseball activities.
- The Blue Jays hired former Astros GM James Click, who helped Houston win the 2022 World Series. He'll join the front office in Toronto and bring an analytic edge that wasn't held in high regard with Astros owner Jim Crane, who offered Click a disrespectful one-year extension (a ploy to pin his departure on the man himself rather than the organization).