For those who weren’t following Triple-A Oklahoma City’s dramatic 11-10 win against Albuquerque on Tuesday night, you missed Gavin Lux’s professional debut at third base.
Lux went 2-for-4 on the night with a pair of singles and a run scored, and he fielded a clean third base. Tuesday was Lux’s third game as part of a rehab assignment for his hamstring. So far for OKC, he has appeared at both second and third base, in addition to pinch hitting on Monday.
Over those three games, Lux has gone 3-for-8 with three singles.
Chris Taylor started at third for the big-league squad on Tuesday in Turner’s absence and will play there again on Wednesday.
Lux playing third is interesting because it provides some food for thought about his future and how the Dodgers might proceed with their infield plans for 2022. In the meantime, with both Trea Turner and Corey Seager in the present picture, fans wonder if Lux will even be recalled to the majors at all before rosters expand to 28 players next month.
Third base has been a spot of concern for the Dodgers in recent years, even after JT was re-signed to his latest deal. Turner is signed through 2022 with a club option for 2023, but it remains to be seen how long he’ll be able to handle the defensive duties at third base.
Lux is still under team control for the foreseeable future, but the end of the 2021 season will see the contracts of both Seager and Taylor expire.
Some feel there’s no chance the team even makes a run to sign Seager, as the newly acquired Trea Turner will handle the everyday duties at shortstop.
Regardless, in the present day, with Albert Pujols making the occasional start at first base and Max Muncy having the flexibility to field both second and third, there might not be room for Lux on the active roster, particularly if JT is healthy.
Of course, injuries have played a huge role in the makeup of the Los Angeles active roster all year. With Mookie Betts heading to the injured list on Wednesday, it could be beneficial to have Lux on the bench as a potential pinch hitter or replacement, even though he’s hitting just .227/.307/.349 over 313 plate appearances this season.
Anyway, as the Los Angeles roster carousel continues to spin, so too will we keep a watchful eye.