The Dodgers are kicking off their second game of Spring Training today in Arizona. Los Angeles will take on a new-look Colorado Rockies that do not have Nolan Arenado at the hot corner anymore. And while Gavin Lux is in at second base, there’s a familiar name missing from the lineup.
Chris Taylor did not play on Sunday against the A’s and was once again absent from the lineup. That prompted questions to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on his status. Doc revealed that CT woke up with stiffness in his neck that kept him from being in the lineup both days.
The good news is that there is not much concern from Dave on Taylor. The Dodgers expect him to be back in the lineup by Wednesday or at least hope to have him back by then. Taylor is currently set to be a guy in the daily lineup for Los Angeles in 2021. While he will get decent time at second base, they also anticipate him playing all over to get guys off of their feet.
With Kiké Hernández departing in free agency, the Dodgers will lean on CT as their utilityman. Dave Roberts has mentioned that Taylor could see time at second, shortstop, third base, and all over the outfield. Roberts also mentioned that he was happy to get the opportunity to keep his bat in the lineup daily.
Roberts also said during his media call ahead of Monday’s game that he’s hoping to give Gavin Lux a shot at the starting job at second base. Sort of. The more that he talks about Lux, the more it seems that he’s hoping he can take that position over. Doc has talked several times in-depth about the Dodgers giving him a runway to take over.
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