Mookie Betts shared his advice on the pitch with Gavin Lux
The Los Angeles Dodgers saw AJ Pollock return to the 10-day injured list this week, but still needed Gavin Lux in the outfield because Chris Taylor was relieved of a lingering neck problem.
The 23-year-old was recalled from the Oklahoma City Triple-A on September 10 and has started 10 of the last 14 games in left field. The other four games saw Lux make starts in the middle of the field.
An infielder by training, Lux is learning to play left field on the fly as there was no professional experience until the 2021 season. Mookie Betts has already made a similar transition and is now looking to help his teammate.
“Obviously the outfield is so different from the infield, so just try to help it get through some of the growing pains that all outfielders end up going through once you go from the infield to the outfield. “Betts said of the advice he gave Lux.
“I just told him to play aggressive and he can catch the ball too. It was pretty much it. He swung the bat really well and helped us get down (out of the lineup). It was huge for us.
Apart from a collision with Cody Bellinger that resulted in an undisplaced fracture to the left ribs of the former National League MVP, Lux’s transition to the outfield has been relatively smooth.
He has yet to register an error and has recently shown tremendous speed and instinct to catch up in the middle of the field.
Betts used their own experience to help Lux
While Betts have played the majority of their games at right field this season, they also occasionally see time at second base to help them deal with their hip issues. “It’s super tough, especially in the middle of a season,” Betts said of the position changes.
“Some things he has to learn on his own. It’s not like a list of things to go through. This is largely due to experience. I told him to expect growing pains, but that’s how you learn.
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