The last week in MLB was about an infielder who will miss the entire 2023 season due to injury. A team in the National League will be without one of the best pitchers in their rotation as he fractured his toe, and a club in the American League will be without a starting pitcher for several weeks.
Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Gavin Lux Will Miss Season with Torn ACL
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without shortstop Gavin Lux for the 2023 campaign as he tore his ACL in a spring training game last week, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com.
#Dodgers Lux also suffered damage to his LCL.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) February 28, 2023
Lux also damaged his lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
He is set to undergo surgery tomorrow.
Lux was hurt while running the bases and had to be carted off the field.
The shortstop mentioned it was a “freak injury” that occurred when his cleat got stuck in the dirt as he ducked under the third baseman’s throw, per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.
Gavin Lux hasn't watched video of his injury & probably won't. He confirmed he was trying to duck the throw when his cleat got stuck in the dirt.
"Freak thing," he said. "In hindsight, probably should have just took the throw to the nose and worn it. But yeah, s— happens."
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) February 28, 2023
The Dodgers had planned on Lux being their everyday shortstop as Trea Turner signed with the Philadelphia Phillies during free agency.
Lux had spent the last two seasons in a utility role, switching between second base, shortstop, and left field.
The shortstop had a decent 2022 season with the Dodgers as he posted a .276 batting average and .745 OPS in 129 games with 116 hits, 66 runs scored, 20 doubles, six home runs, 42 RBIs, seven stolen bases, and led the National League with seven triples.
With Lux out for the season, the Dodgers will turn to Miguel Rojas, according to Harris.
Without Gavin Lux, Dave Roberts said Miguel Rojas will “take on the brunt” of playing time at shortstop. Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts will also see more time in the infield now
External additions are also possible, but Roberts didn’t think it was an absolute necessity
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) February 28, 2023
The loss of Lux is enormous for the Dodgers and could be a problem that lingers on for the season.
San Diego Padres Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove Sidelined with Fractured Toe
The San Diego Padres will start the 2023 season without their best starting pitcher in, Joe Musgrove.
The right-handed pitcher fractured his big toe in a weight room accident last week, per a team announcement, says AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.
Joe Musgrove fractured his left big toe in the weight room yesterday, the team says. The Padres haven't offered a recovery timetable, but however long Musgrove is out, it's a significant loss for the rotation.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) February 28, 2023
The team is still determining when Musgrove can return, and he will be shut down from throwing for the next couple of weeks.
The loss of Musgrove is vast, as was their staff ace last year, and the team was planning to use a six-man starting rotation to start the season.
Musgrove posted a 2.93 ERA in 181 innings pitched last year (30 starts) with 184 strikeouts, 42 walks issued, 22 home runs allowed, a 127 ERA+, 3.59 FIP, and a 1.08 WHIP.
The Padres are hopeful the injury to Musgrove will not force him to miss too much time.
Tampa Bay Rays Starting Pitcher Tyler Glasnow Will Miss Several Weeks with Oblique Strain
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left oblique strain, and he will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Official word from #Rays on Glasnow: MRI showed Grade 2 left oblique strain. His timeline to return to game action is 6-8 weeks.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 28, 2023
Glasnow suffered the injury during a bullpen session last week after throwing just six pitches.
Glasnow has made just 50 starts over the last five seasons.
He started two games during the regular season and one postseason start last year after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The injury to Glasnow is a big blow to the Rays, as they expected him to anchor their rotation.
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