Dodgers move Mookie Betts to shortstop, Gavin Lux to second amid defensive struggles

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In what manager Dave Roberts called a 'permanent, for now' move, the Dodgers announced Gavin Lux is being moved to second base after his struggles at shortstop.

After Gavin Lux committed one of his several defensive miscues this spring in a game against the Cincinnati Reds last week, one rival scout in attendance proposed a solution to the Dodgers’ growing defensive dilemma at shortstop. “I say, try Mookie,” the scout said. Barely a week later, the Dodgers arrived at the same conclusion.

“He has worked his tail off,” Roberts said of Lux, who spent all of last year rehabbing after suffering his season-ending knee injury early last spring. “It’s not from lack of effort or preparation.” But, Roberts added, “we have a lot of eyes on our players. And collectively, we just felt from what we’ve seen, it’s the right thing to do.” In hindsight, it simply appears the Dodgers weren’t as committed to Lux being their starting shortstop as they tried to make it seem.

 

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