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Dodgers News: Gavin Lux Scratched Late With Forearm Injury



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.

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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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. True to form, the Dodgers offense figured they’d been working hard enough lately so they decided to take the nite off.

  2. For the live of god Dave, will you please stick a fork in Bellinger! It didn’t really matter tonite because the whole offense sucked. But Bellinger’s BA is falling to near .150.

  3. So Lux, who recently returned to the ballclub, has been back in the lineup and having quality AB after quality AB. So, of course, he is out now after being hit on the forearm by a pitch from the pitching machine in the pre game warm up. You can’t make this stuff up.
    Fortunately, Beaty stepped in and had 2 hits tonight.
    Regarding Lux’s injury and the recent Pollock injury and even Muncy hurting his knee Wednesday night: these injuries are self-inflicted. Pollock’s ill-advised attempt to steal 3rd with 2 outs in the inning, after the pitcher had already chased him back to the bag with a throw, followed by Pollock’s awkward slide to avoid the tag was a self-inflicted injury. Muncy, attempting to steal 2nd base, slid way too late and jammed his knee into the bag. As for Lux, there’s no plausible explanation for his injury. Hate to see any player get injured and you can’t fault Pollock and Muncy for playing the game hard, but the decision-making and execution has to be better.

  4. Think If Lux and Beaty had been in the line up instead of Bellinger-Mckinnley- Neuse-Souza-Mckinstry for the last 2 months……. Even after all those injuries, Lux and Beaty were rotting in OKC. Lux had a bad hammy but Beaty just sat…. And here the team is outside looking in because of that factor alone…..

    • Anything can happen in the next 2 weeks but falling 2 games back tonight and with the Giants having another momentum-building win, the probability of the Dodgers in the WC game measurably increased.
      If the Dodgers have to settle for the WC, it will be interesting and worrisome to see if they’ll have to beat 1 of 3 SP’ers who dominated them in recent outings.
      Reds – Castillo
      Pads – Snell (the start before his injury)
      Cards – Wainwright
      The Dodgers likely will need a minimum of 7 shutout innings or 7 innings of 1 run allowed by their SP in a WC game and they may need that Pitcher to give them 8 innings.
      So, that Pitcher has to be Scherzer, in that particular scenario. There will be no margin for error, if the Dodgers’ offense is going to be a virtual no-show in that game.

      • It’s amazing how a 275 million dollar line up struggles against a pitcher with a 8-12 record 4.40 e.r.a in a do or die situation. Both turners swinging at junk over their heads, a foot outside, Muncy swinging out of the zone. Only Seager and Beaty kept a short stroke trying to single and get on base. Everyone trying to hit homers, Taylor’s pinch hit appearance, Betts trying to homer. We’ve seen this ALL year, and so has every team. Add that Bellinger still is allowed to play and you absolutely have a recipe for disaster in a 1 and done WC game Willie.

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