SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 14: Gavin Lux #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning in game three of the National League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 14, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux went down with a leg injury in his latest spring training outing. Who should replace him?
Gavin Lux was a breakout candidate for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season for a reason, as the former top prospect has a ton of talent and can play multiple positions around the diamond. However, in Los Angeles’ Spring Training game against the San Diego Padres, Lux fell to the dirt while running to third base.
After the fact, Lux had trouble putting any weight on his leg, which could mean a trip to the injured list is looming. While that’s awful news for a player like Lux, who has All-Star potential, it could make for a second chance at glory on a winning ball club to another player.
Replacing Lux is not easy, but it can be done. Here are some options, starting with in-house:
Dodgers Gavin Lux replacements: Miguel Rojas
The Dodgers traded for Miguel Rojas this offseason, and he might be thrust into a tough role right from the jump. Rojas has played some shortstop in his career, and it wouldn’t cost LA a dime to move him over there, especially if Lux is only injured for a few games, rather than a huge chunk of the season.
Dave Roberts discussed the plan with Rojas entering spring training:
“I do expect him to play some third base, I expect Miguel [Vargas] to stay over there at second base. I expect [Rojas] to play some short, some second, potentially even, I know he’s got a first base glove. The challenge for me is making sure I keep him relevant. He’s already got an openness just to stay on the baseball field and help in any way, so it’s up to me to figure out how I can give guys a day off to keep Miguel involved because I think he is additive.”
Rojas wants to play every day. He’s ensured himself an opportunity with a productive bat and the ability to play multiple positions around the infield. Perhaps replacing Lux is next.