The Washington Post
Dodgers’ Lux ruled out for season after tearing ligaments in his right knee
Gavin Lux hasn’t seen the video of the injury that ended his chance of being the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting shortstop this season and has no plans to watch it.
Lux will miss the season with torn ligaments in his right knee after getting hurt running the bases in a spring training game. The 25-year-old came to camp as the top candidate to replace the departed Trea Turner as the Dodgers’ shortstop.
“That’s one of the hardest parts,” Lux said Tuesday, while fighting back tears and leaning on crutches inside the team’s facility in Glendale, Ariz. “I think every baseball player’s dream is to play shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers.”
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts called the injury a huge blow and said his heart goes out the young infielder.
Lux got hurt Monday when running between second and third base against the San Diego Padres after a groundball was hit. Soon after ducking to avoid a throw, he took a couple of steps before his right knee buckled and he stumbled forward and fell to the ground. He said he felt something pop and his leg went numb.
“I tried to duck out of the way of the throw, and I think my cleat got kind of stuck into the ground a little bit and straightened out a little funky and bowed out, and, yeah, I kind of rolled up on my ankle, too. Freak thing, I don’t even think it’s really avoidable,” Lux said. “In hindsight, probably should have just took the throw to the nose and worn it.”
The Dodgers’ first-round pick in the 2016 amateur draft, Lux played only nine games at shortstop last season while hitting .276 in 129 games, most at second base and some in left field. He led the National League with seven triples while hitting six homers and driving in 42 runs.
• PADRES: San Diego all-star pitcher Joe Musgrove will be sidelined for at least two weeks after breaking his left big toe in a weight room accident, putting in question whether he will be ready for the start of the season.
Musgrove was hurt Monday, Padres Manager Bob Melvin said.
“It is tough to forecast when you’re talking about a broken toe. It will be about how it heals. And certainly if it is a pain tolerance thing, Joe would be one of those guys who would be sooner than later,” Melvin said.
Once Musgrove is cleared to throw, he will have to build up arm strength and endurance.
“He is not starting over, but the longer you go, the more it gets closer to starting over. Joe is a guy who keeps himself in really good shape,” Melvin said. . . .
Fernando Tatis Jr. was set to play his first game for San Diego after missing the 2022 season because of an injury and drug suspension.
Tatis was in the lineup Tuesday as the designated hitter and batted second in an exhibition against San Francisco in Peoria, Ariz.
He has 20 games left to serve on the suspension and, barring postponements, will be eligible to play April 20 at Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
• RAYS: Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a left oblique strain.
The 29-year-old right-hander was hurt while throwing batting practice Monday. He rejoined the Rays’ rotation in September after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.
Tampa Bay said that an MRI exam detected a Grade 2 strain.
The Rays’ Opening Day starter two years ago, Glasnow had Tommy John surgery Aug. 4, 2021. The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 2021.
• CUBS: An oblique injury will keep Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki out of the World Baseball Classic. It also jeopardizes his status for Opening Day with Chicago.
Cubs Manager David Ross said Suzuki suffered a “moderate” strain to his left oblique while swinging during batting practice over the weekend. Suzuki was on Japan’s roster for the 2017 WBC and played on Japan’s gold medal team in the one-year-delayed Tokyo Olympics.
Ross said there’s still hope that the 28-year-old Suzuki can be ready for the Cubs’ regular season opener March 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers. But he also said the team wouldn’t rush his return.
• ANGELS: Right-hander Shohei Ohtani had no issues with his pitches or the new clock in his first spring training outing this year, his only one for Los Angeles before he joins Japan for the World Baseball Classic.
Ohtani pitched 21/ hitless in
nings and reached 98 mph against the Oakland Athletics in Mesa, Ariz., striking out two and walking two. The two-way star, beginning his last season before he can become a free agent, did not bat.
He walked Jesús Aguilar in the second and got out of the inning when Liván Soto grounded into a double play. Ohtani walked his last batter, Ryan Noda, and Luke Murphy relieved.
Ohtani used Pitchcom to help his tempo.
“I was calling my own pitches,” Ohtani said. “That was just today, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
• PHILLIES: Noah Song has no illusions of the challenges still ahead as he approaches the end of his first week of spring training after joining Philadelphia from the U.S. Navy.
Dressed in white pinstripe pants and a red batting practice jersey with No. 52 and his name on the back, the 25-year-old righthander threw 25 pitches during his second mound session since reporting to camp Thursday.
“It’s a work in progress, for sure,” Song said of the session watched by Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and Manager Rob Thomson. “It’s far from perfect, and I’m just hoping for an upward trajectory. Just trying to continue to get some improvement everyday.”