Lux has been staying sharp during MLB's hiatus by working out at a friend's gym and taking batting practice at his high school field, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Lux has been slowed but not stopped by the suspension of play as he continues to work out for about two hours per day in order to stay ready for a potential resumption of play. When he isn't able to make the long drive to the gym (his friend has lent Lux a key so that he can work out alone) or hit outdoors (Lux lives in Wisconsin, where April can include harsh weather), the 22-year-old works out using dumbbells in a makeshift home gym. While Lux is not guaranteed to make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, he's expected to play a major role on the squad at some point during the 2020 campaign.
Lux could begin the season in the minor leagues, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Lux was widely considered to be a lock for the starting second base job entering spring training, but he logged only four starts at the position in Cactus League play while primarily focusing on reworking his swing. Though the 22-year-old did hit a solid .276 in spring contests, the Dodgers have a plethora of veteran options at second base -- including Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez -- so they may elect to keep Lux in the minors at the start of the season.
Lux has not yet cemented a role as the Dodgers' primary second baseman, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Although Lux remains the favorite to handle starting duties at the keystone, manager Dave Roberts "stopped short" of handing the role to the 22-year-old at this point in spring training. Los Angeles has a number of alternate options at the position -- including veterans Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez -- should Lux falter.
Lux is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals on Wednesday. Lux will retreat for the bench after going 2-for-9 with a solo home run over the first four games of the series. Max Muncy will shift to second base with Matt Beaty starting at first base.
Lux is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals on Thursday. The 21-year-old has gone just 4-for-26 with 12 strikeouts in his last eight games, and he will receive a day off in the first game of the postseason against southpaw Patrick Corbin. David Freese will start at first base, batting second, with Max Muncy shifting to second base, batting sixth, in Lux's absence.