The Los Angeles Dodgers not only suffered a walk-off loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, but incurred another injury along the way as Gavin Lux was removed in the ninth inning with a left hamstring issue.
“From what I understand, it’s kind of in the cramp, mild strain-ish category,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the 6-5 loss. “We’ll know more [Monday] and how he feels. But certainly regardless, I see at least a couple days he’ll be down and we’ll make a decision outside of that on [Monday] or the next day.”
Roberts added that he expects Lux to undergo testing on the left hamstring, which will likely come once the Dodgers return home.
Should he miss any time, it would mark a second such occurrence this season. Lux previously spent a stretch on the 10-day injured list in April because of right wrist soreness.
Lux went 0-for-4 in Sunday’s loss and out of the All-Star break thus far has one hit in 10 at-bats across three games (two starts). “I just think the at-bats, there’s been some good ones and bad ones,” Roberts said of Lux’s at-bats over the past month.
“[Friday] night I thought he hit the ball well a couple times; base hit and then another one he got robbed. I think he’s just grinding right now. It’s hard to kind of put into context what he’s doing or articulate, I think for me, basically when he’s using the middle of the field, he’s very dangerous.
“It allows for more plate coverage and he can handle more pitches. When he starts to pull the baseball too much, I think it exposes him, like any hitter. Just continuing to encourage him to swing at strikes and take balls.
“I think when he is going well and scaring guys out of the zone, there’s more walks in there. I still like the intent every time he gets in there to put together a good at-bat.”
Fortunately for the Dodgers, Corey Seager appears close to returning from a right hand fracture. Given Seager was due to resume starting at shortstop, and with Max Muncy shifting over to second base so Albert Pujols can receive occasional starts, Lux’s playing time may have been due to decrease.
Dodgers hopeful with Betts
While the Dodgers will wait to learn more on Lux’s status moving forward, Roberts indicated Mookie Betts should be back in the lineup for the series opener against the San Francisco Giants despite leaving Saturday’s game with right hip irritation.
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