LOS ANGELES – Gavin Lux’s first face-off with the outfield wall was celebrated at Dodger Stadium on Thursday.
During the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game, Lux collided with a wall in left-central field, chasing Will Myers’ drive blank. Lux left the game after that game and was still a pain in the neck — but nothing worse — on Thursday when Dodgers video coordinator Chad Chop decided to mark the crime scene with athletic tape. A State Farm ad in left-center showed an outline of a body as the Dodgers took to the field for a pre-game workout on Thursday.
“This is Chico’s body,” Lux said, referring to one of the Dodgers’ clubhouse attendants, Francisco ‘Chico’ Herrera. “It’s a little thicker than me…and shorter.
“(Chop) asked if it would be okay to do that. I said sure. That’s a good way to make fun of it – right now. Looking back on it, we can joke now.”
A fielder throughout his career, Lux went into the outfield this month and played it brilliantly. Myers Drive was his first encounter with the dangers that came with going into the outfield.
“It’s the first place I’ve actually had to run into that kind of ditch close to the wall,” said Lux, who performed a play near the wall at Right-Center on Friday in Arizona.
“The gap there is a bit deep. Here it cuts 15, 20 feet short. I honestly didn’t feel the (warning) track at all. I was running at full speed, trying to pretend. Now I I know to look over my shoulder, see spatially where I am. It’s a lesson to be learned. A hard lesson to learn.”
Lux said it probably played in his favor that he hit the wall so square, face first. Hitting him with his shoulder could have resulted in a more serious injury than the stiff neck he was feeling on Thursday.
“My neck is a bit stiff, but better than I thought. It was scary,” he said.
“I took a few swings in the cage and it felt fine. Took a few fly balls and threw, went through my normal routine. Everything was checked in a way. It’s just a stiff neck we can fight, kind of grind. ”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the Lux would be available to pinch-hit or run if needed in late-game conditions.
Placed on the injured list with a left hip injury three weeks ago, outfielder Billy McKinney began a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. McKinney was hit in three at-bats. …
Left-hander Garrett Clevinger is also on a rehab assignment with OKC. Clevinger moved to the IL in early August with a strained oblique muscle on his right side and was transferred to the 60-day IL in early September, effectively ending his season. But he has played four matches with OKC in the last two weeks, conceding three runs on four hits in 3-2/3 innings.
Brewers at Dodgers (LHP Eric Lauer, 7-5, 2.93 ERA) (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 10-8, 3.38 ERA), Friday, 7:10 pm, Sportsnet LA, MLB Network, 570 AM