Dodgers News: Injuries a Leading Cause for Miguel Vargas’s Struggles in Rookie Season

The 2023 season for the Dodgers was truly extraordinary, despite the fact that it didn’t end as expected. The team surpassed most of the expectations set for them at the beginning of the year and once again emerged victorious in the NL West.

However, one of the more disappointing aspects of the season was the performance of young infielder Miguel Vargas. Vargas began the season as the team’s Opening Day second baseman but struggled throughout the first half of the season, eventually being sent back to Triple-A.

It was a challenging period for one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, and the team had hoped for better results from him. At the GM Meetings, Dodgers General Manager Brandon Gomes expressed his thoughts on Vargas and attributed his struggles during the past season to hand injuries.

Vargas suffered multiple finger injuries during Spring Training, affecting his ability to swing the bat for an extended period. This seemed to impact his performance over the season, from which he was unable to recover.

He appeared in 81 games for the Dodgers, batting just .195 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in. At the Triple-A level, Vargas hit .288 with 10 home runs and 43 runs batted in over 60 games, indicating that he still possesses the capability to produce.

The hope is for him to significantly improve going forward, as he is still considered a valuable asset in the Dodgers’ plans. At only 23 years old, the Dodgers have faith that he will turn things around. He will need to demonstrate this in the next season, or else LA may consider parting ways with him.

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