Dodgers promote top prospect Gavin Lux

first_imgPHOENIX — Another piece of the future will be joining the Dodgers in the present.Top prospect Gavin Lux was added to the roster Monday when the team opens a homestand against the Colorado Rockies.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he plans to have Lux in the starting lineup against the Rockies, playing second base.“This is a performance business,” Roberts said. “Gavin has earned this opportunity. I think that’s plain and simple.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco It has also been fast and furious since the 21-year-old Lux reached Triple-A in late June. In his first 37 games in the Pacific Coast League, Lux had 67 hits, a .429 batting average, 1.309 OPS and 31 extra-base hits (16 doubles, four triples and 11 home runs). He had a five-game home run streak at one point and a 50-game on-base streak (stretching from Double-A to Triple-A).Lux did not play for Oklahoma City on Sunday, finishing his 49-game stay in Triple-A with a .392 average, 1.197 OPS and 35 extra-base hits (18 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs).“I think we’re all excited to see him,” Roberts said. “We’re very excited to see a young player who, on both sides of the baseball, is dynamic. An organizational guy (the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2016). To see his big-league debut at home — we’re all excited.”Lux has been primarily a shortstop throughout his career but he has played 79 games at second base in the minor leagues including 12 with OKC. Roberts said the reports on Lux’s ability to play both the second position have been positive.“The range is there. The ball goes in the glove and he makes an accurate throw,” Roberts said Saturday. “He can make the turn at second base. Actually, the last couple weeks we’ve given him some opportunities at second base and he’s checked those boxes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Roberts also said if Lux is added to the roster “he’ll play.” With Max Muncy out indefinitely, Lux gives the Dodgers a left-handed option at second base. The Dodgers are scheduled to face three consecutive right-handed starting pitchers in the series against the Rockies.Lux is not currently on the 40-man roster and the Dodgers will have to make a personnel move to clear a spot for him. They can petition MLB to make him eligible for the postseason but only as a replacement for a player currently on the DL who won’t return this season.September additionsThe first wave of roster additions Sunday were all famiilar faces. Ross Stripling, David Freese and Dylan Floro were activated from the Injured List.All three played in the game with Stripling pitching three scoreless innings as the starter and Floro one in relief. Freese hit a home run in his first at-bat.The Dodgers will add more players as the Triple-A season ends Monday. Catcher Austin Barnes is expected to be part of that second wave.Related Articlescenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season This will be the last year that teams are able to add as many players as they want in September (up to the 40-man roster limit). Next year, the September rosters will be capped at 28.Roberts said he favors of the lower number.“I do,” he said. “I think probably the Dodgers because of the depth in our system we probably have benefited. … So now when you’re talking about more of a level playing field as far as the numbers, I think that’s fair. That’s good for the game.”Season overRoberts said he does not expect infielder Tyler White or reliever Scott Alexander to play again this season. White has been on the 10-day IL since August 13 with a strained trapezius muscle. Alexander is on the 60-day IL and has not pitched since June due to a nerve issue in his left forearm.Alexander visited a specialist in August and Roberts said surgery is a possibility to address the problem during the off-season.“It just hasn’t shown enough improvement to think he’ll be available this year,” Roberts said. “As I understand it, we’re still not at the fork whether it’s rest or getting surgery. He hasn’t made that decision.”Up nextRockies (RHP Peter Lambert 2-5, 6.63 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Walker Buehler 11-3, 3.03 ERA), 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA,  570 AMlast_img read more