Dodgers outfielder Gavin Lux suffered what manager Dave Roberts called a neck stinger while crashing into the centerfield wall on Wednesday night in the Dodgers’ 11-9 the Padres at Dodger Stadium.
Lux was trying to track down a drive by Wil Myers in the sixth inning. Lux had the ball in his glove, only to have it jarred loose just before he crashed full speed into the wall and crumpled to the ground.
Gavin Lux exits the game after crashing into the wall trying to make a catch. pic.twitter.com/Ii393I6UPO— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 30, 2021
After Myers’ triple scored a go-ahead run for the Padres, Lux remained shaken up on the field, with Roberts and trainer Yosuke Nakajima meeting him on the warning track. Lux walked off the field under his own power, but holding his shoulder as he exited.
Roberts after the game said the Dodgers have not yet run any tests on Lux, but will reevaluate him on Thursday.
“Hopefully he wakes up and it’s not too stiff and sore,” Roberts said. “Typically it’s a couple-day thing, so we’ll see. We won’t know until tomorrow and see how he wakes up.”
Lux was an infielder his entire life before getting some work in the outfield in Triple-A in the last month. Since getting recalled, Lux has started 16 of 17 games, with 10 starts in left field and the last six in center, including Wednesday, hitting .367/.466/.510.
His speed has been an asset in the outfield, but Lux’s rawness has been apparent at times, too. On September 14, playing left field, he ran into centerfielder Cody Bellinger, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left rib. Bellinger, who was activated off the injured list for that broken rib on Tuesday, replaced Lux in center on Wednesday.
Bellinger hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning, a five-run frame that capped the Dodgers comeback from once down four runs.