Dodgers News: OF Roles Laid Out for David Peralta and Jason Heyward

Dave Roberts sets up version one of what the post Gavin Lux world will look like for the Dodgers.

After officially losing Gavin Lux for the year, the Dodgers are now figuring out how to move on. The loss of Lux creates an opening in the infield at shortstop and on the bench in the utility role. Miguel Rojas will now plug in at short “75-80% of the time,” as Dave Roberts told media Wednesday morning, with Chris Taylor picking up the other 20-25% of starts there.

With CT3 moving in to play more infield, it changes the complexion of the outfield, another thing Roberts addressed on Wednesday.

Offseason additions David Peralta and Jason Heyward will be in platoon roles in the outfield, likely splitting time with Trayce Thompson, and Taylor, when he’s out there. Both Thompson and Taylor are right-handed batters. Peralta and Heyward hit from the left side.

Originally, Taylor was expected to see a lot of time in centerfield. It wouldn’t be surprising now to see Heyward and Thompson get the lion’s share of starts up the middle now with Mookie Betts occasionally getting a start or two there as well.

The Dodgers were dealt a big blow with the Lux injury and this is version one of how the club will move on. Heyward has seen a lot of time in centerfield over the course of his career, but Peralta much less so. Peralta should, however, settle in to the left field spot for LA, a position he’s most comfortable in.

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