The past couple of games for the Dodgers have been a nice change. The storm that has been plaguing the team for more than a month may finally be over as the team is on a nice 4 game win streak. The offense is starting to click and the bullpen has been putting up some zeros.
But that storm may have left one last dark cloud behind.
During Saturday’s game against the Marlins, shortstop Corey Seager was hit on the hand while at the plate. He was visibly in pain and eventually removed from the game as a precaution. Well, that precaution has now turned into a trip to the injured list. Losing Seager for an extended period of time is yet another huge blow, especially as he was starting to heat up in his last 7 games.
The big question now is who will replace the 27-year-old at shortstop for the time being, Chris Taylor or Gavin Lux?
Both are natural shortstops who were shifted to new positions upon their arrival. Taylor would be the obvious choice to take over duties on the left side of the infield as he is a far better fielder than Lux. Be that as it may, the loss of AJ Pollock leaves another hole to fill in the outfield as well. Matt Beaty and Luke Raley may be enough to hold down left field for now, but that would leave DJ Peters as the likely candidate to take over center field or right if the Dodgers were to shift Mookie over.
Would giving more playing time to an overmatched Peters or Raley be ideal? Probably not. Notably, Cody Bellinger is likely returning in the next week or two.
As frightening as the fielding or throwing errors that Lux could commit at the position are, it opens up the possibility to insert Albert Pujols into the lineup more than expected. With Lux moving over to short, Max Muncy could shift to second and Pujols could fill in at first. Yes, his defense is a liability with his inability to really run and cover ground, yet he still has some pop in his bat despite struggling with the Angels this season.
If the Dodgers rather not do that, then Matt Beaty could be another option to handle duties at first. After all. he undeniably needs more playing time.
Although Taylor may be the more favorable choice to most, Lux should get the chance to handle the position, at least for now. His future may end up being there after this season if the team can’t retain either Seager or Taylor. With the hopeful return of Zach McKinstry and Bellinger in the next week, Lux’s tenure at short may not last too long before Taylor can help split the time there.