Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux is expected back in the starting lineup on Saturday, after missing over two weeks with a neck issue.
Lux last played for the Dodgers on September 1, having dealt with a neck issue dating back to the last 10 days of August, and required a cortisone injection in the first week of this month. Entering Friday, Lux missed the Dodgers’ previous 12 games and was limited to just five games and 18 plate appearances in the team’s last 21 contests.
Despite Lux’s neck injury, the Dodgers opted not to place him on the injured list and call up another player from Triple-A, cementing that the 13 position players on the postseason roster will come from the 14 players currently active.
After facing Yency Almonte in a simulated game on Wednesday at Chase Field, Lux stayed back to get some more at-bats at Camelback Ranch before joining the team in San Francisco.
Dave Roberts said Gavin Lux will be back in the lineup tomorrow. He took 5-6 ABs back in AZ yesterday and they wanted to make sure he bounced back alright. He said he was feeling good today.— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) September 17, 2022
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Gavin Lux will start at 2B Saturday— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 17, 2022
Lux has thrived this season with regular playing time, hitting .293/.368/.428, a 127 wRC+, starting 81 games at second base and 24 times in left. He leads the major leagues with seven triples.
After his last game played, on September 1, Lux ranked in the top ten in the National League in both on-base percentage and batting average, but no longer has enough plate appearances to qualify. Entering Friday, Lux’s 418 PA were 22 shy of qualifying.
Since Lux’s last game, Chris Taylor has taken the bulk of the time at second base, starting nine of 13 games, including Friday night in San Francisco. Mookie Betts started at second three times in those last two weeks, and Hanser Alberto accounted for the other start at the position.
Some other notes, from the reporters on site in San Francisco:
Tony Gonsolin said he feels encouraged by his progress in recent days. His forearm has bounced back much better than it originally was after he throws. Has another bullpen tomorrow.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 17, 2022
Has had a conversation with Dave Roberts and is flexible with whatever role he comes back to.
David Price expects to be activated on the upcoming home stand. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) September 17, 2022