It’s more than safe to say that 2021 didn’t turn out the way Dodgers hitter Edwin Rios had hoped. After playing a key role in the team’s championship season in 2020, the 27-year-old got off to a horrific start last year before finally opting for surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his chest. right shoulder in May.
The operation sidelined Rios for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. In September, the infielder joined Kourtney Turner’s podcast and spoke about what was going on in her head as the team tried to take over as World Series champions.
“It was one of those frustrating things. I would love to be here with the guys. After last year’s race there is nothing better than trying to defend this title. To miss it sucks, it’s frustrating, it’s all kinds of things. But at the end of the day, it’s something I’ll definitely learn from. It forges character, resilience. I was bowled over, and now it’s time for me to stand up, do what I’ve always done, and get ready for next year. Well done guys throughout this race and let’s hope for the best. I want you to win this championship and maybe next year we will treble it.
Obviously, a triptych is out of the question. Still, Rios is expected to play an important role with the Dodgers in 2022. Training last spring, he had worked defensively at third base to be a quality save option for Justin Turner. This spring, whenever it does, it will likely be Edwin’s task again. Improve his defensive profile and prove that he can crush right-handed people off the bench again.
Before the MLB lockout began, Rios was already back in the cage and swinging with authority. So it looks like he’s respecting his end of the bargain in what he said last September.
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