The Dodgers are finally getting some help back in their lineup. After what seems like weeks of constantly getting banged up, Los Angeles will get to plug one of their regulars back into the lineup against the Reds.
The Dodgers activated infielder Gavin Lux off of the injured list prior to Monday night’s game against Cincinnati. Lux was placed on the 10-day IL last week after experiencing some lingering soreness in his wrist. Dave Roberts had said that Lux was able to do everything but swing a bat when he went down.
The good news is that the Dodgers are getting help. Having Lux back in the lineup means that they can also slide Chris Taylor back into the outfield. The hope is that they also won’t have to use AJ Pollock against as many right-handed pitchers like they had to do this past week.
Lux also provides them more opportunities to rest guys like Corey Seager. Lux has filled in at shortstop a few times this year to get Seager some time off of his feet. He started off the season pretty hot but died down a little offensively before being placed on the IL.
As a whole, Lux is slashing .220/.244/.317 for the season with a .562 OPS. He did drive in 5 runs for the Dodgers in his 13 games played. To make room for him on the roster, Los Angeles optioned DJ Peters back to the alternate site. Peters struck out 4 times in his 5 at-bats in his first taste of big-league action.
The Dodgers also activated Dennis Santana to get some bullpen innings for them this series. He sat out the weekend after feeling some soreness from his vaccination shot. Mitch White was also brought up in the process.
David Price went on the IL with a hamstring strain and Garrett Cleavinger was optioned.