With less than two weeks left in the season and a lot left to play for, the Dodgers find themselves in a place they don’t want to be in. Injuries have been an issue all season long, and just when the team thought they had turned a corner, a new set of problems appeared.
The Dodgers recently place Cody Bellinger on the Injured List with a rib injury and also have Chris Taylor sidelined with a neck issue. Thankfully Mookie Betts is healthy, but the ball club will need to find a a way to cover the other two outfield spots. They currently have guys like Luke Raley and Matt Beaty, as well as a rushed back AJ Pollock. Gavin Lux has also been seeming time in left field, but who’s going to man centerfield? According to Dave Roberts, Lux should see some time out there.
“With Gavin, he’s obviously in there (Wednesday night) in left field. I’m going to start him (on Thursday) in center field, so that get’s us through this series. When we get to Arizona we’ll kind of see where AJ is at, see where [Chris Taylor] is at, and all those other guys.”
It’s a little concerning to have someone who has only played 9 games in the outfield, all of which have come in left field. Lux has had some growing pains learning the new position on the fly, though he’s been serviceable. It’s still fair to wonder why Doc doesn’t think to slide Mookie over, or even Trea Turner who has 45 career starts in center field.
AJ Pollock also came up as a centerfielder, but the team must want to stay away from having him reinjure his right hamstring. Notably, utility man Chris Taylor is still dealing with a neck issue
It’ll be interesting to see how Gavin’s first appearance at the new position plays out, especially in Coors Field. The Dodgers play a matinee there today before heading out to Arizona for the final series against the Diamondbacks in 2021.