No Gavin Lux in the Dodgers lineup on Wednesday’s series finale against the Braves at Dodger Stadium, one day after he was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with back stiffness.
He wasn’t placed on the injured list though, and could be back by the weekend.
Dave Roberts said he expects Gavin Lux in the lineup on Friday. His back felt better moving around today.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 20, 2022
Gavin Lux said his back is feeling better today. Felt it when he checked up short on a bloop single in Monday's game. Said he could play today. Dave Roberts said he expects Lux back in the lineup when #Dodgers open weekend series in San Diego on Friday— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 20, 2022
The Dodgers are only carrying 12 position players to start the season, so not having Lux thins the bench even more. But through 11 games, the Dodgers have only used a pinch-hitter in three games, for four total appearances.
A potential depth filler could be Zach McKinstry, who is with the team but not on the active roster just yet.
Zach McKinstry is here on the taxi squad as insurance. But no roster move coming today— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) April 20, 2022
UPDATE: McKinstry was in fact activated before Wednesday’s game, when pitcher Andrew Heaney was placed on the injured list.
McKinstry was off to a hot start with Oklahoma City, hitting .404/.448/.673 with 13 runs scored through 12 games, including three hits and three runs scored on Tuesday night in Sacramento. He has eight extra-base hits this season, including four triples, and won Pacific Coast League player of the week honors for the first week of the season.
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He played nine games at shortstop this year in Triple-A, plus two games in right field and one at second base. Last year in the majors, McKinstry started at second base, third base, left field and right field.
Max Muncy starts at second base on Wednesday, with Edwin Ríos getting the start at designated hitter against Atlanta right-hander Charlie Morton.
Tony Gonsolin is on the mound for the Dodgers, making his third start of the season.
The Braves also made a roster move before the series finale, placing third baseman Austin Riley on the paternity list and recalling Travis Demeritte from Triple-A Gwinnett. Starting at third base for Atlanta is Orlando Arcia, who had three hits, including two doubles on Tuesday night.
Kris Willis at Battery Power has more details on Atlanta’s moves.