Gavin Lux

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted Monday the team “doesn’t know a whole lot right now” about shortstop Gavin Lux’s right knee injury.

Lux had to be carted off the field in the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres after injuring his knee running the bases.

The 25-year-old Lux appeared to be in great pain, Roberts said, complaining he felt “a pop” in his knee.

“Obviously a guy that you’re expected to start at shortstop, for him to miss any time is not good,” Roberts said (via “I don’t want to jump to any conclusions yet until we get the testing results, but it’s really unfortunate, because Gavin has done a lot to get ready for this spring and this season.”

It’s easy to fear the worst when a knee is involved, and a player leaves the field on a cart.

“As a player, you’re thinking the worst,” Roberts said. “But we don’t know a whole lot right now. I think right now we’re just hoping it’s more benign and not anything substantial.”

For Los Angeles sports fans, Lux’s injury was eerily reminiscent of an incident in Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, where star LeBron James went down awkwardly and said he “felt a pop” in his foot.

Lux slashed .276/.346/.399 with a 105 OPS+ last season.

Miguel Rojas is the next man up at shortstop for the Dodgers, but MLB insider Jon Heyman reported the Dodgers signed shortstop Bryson Brigman to a minor-league deal Monday afternoon. He’s spent time in the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners organizations.

MLB fans did not like the feel of Lux’s injury.


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