The Dodgers and Reds kick off a BIG series in Cincinnati tonight that will carry important playoff implications. The 2 squads are battling for different positions given that the Reds are looking for a Wild Card spot, but it’s a big series for LA too.
But the Dodgers are still dealing with the injury bug, which has defined much of their 2021 season. That didn’t change heading into this series as they had a last-minute scratch literally minutes before game time.
Gavin Lux was set to start in left field again for the Dodgers. The team announced around 4 pm that he was removed from the lineup and would be replaced. The broadcast team said later that he was scratched with a forearm issue, which we will keep an eye on.
The timing of Lux being scratched is a little bit unfortunate for the Dodgers. He came into the lineup to take the spot of AJ Pollock in left field and immediately produced. Since his recall to the big league squad, he went 7-for-17 with 3 runs driven in and 4 runs scored.
The Dodgers went with Matt Beaty in left field to replace Lux after the injury. Beaty has not yet had a start since his recall to the big league squad last week, but he did get a few at-bats in a pinch-hit role. Lux was obviously learning a new position in the outfield, but Doc has gone to him over Lux everytime over Beaty this past week.