TODAY: X-rays revealed a fractured proper hand for Seager, supervisor Dave Roberts informed MLB.com’s Juan Toribio and different reporters post-game. Seager will likely be positioned on the 10-day IL previous to Sunday’s sport, and the timetable for his return isn’t but clear.
MAY 15: Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager left tonight’s sport within the fifth inning after being hit in the best hand/wrist space by a pitch from Marlins southpaw Ross Detwiler. Seager was instantly eliminated and didn’t take first base, as Sheldon Neuse changed Seager as a pinch-runner.
There isn’t but any phrase on the severity of Seager’s damage, although even a day-to-day kind of absence wouldn’t be excellent news for a Dodger crew that already has loads of key personnel on the injured listing. Simply at this time, AJ Pollock joined such names as Cody Bellinger, Tony Gonsolin, David Price, Brusdar Graterol, Scott Alexander, and Zach McKinstry on the short-term IL, whereas Dustin May and Edwin Rios have suffered season-ending accidents. Shedding Seager can be a very robust blow contemplating each his standing as one of many sport’s greatest shortstops, and since the Dodgers’ depth on the place is already thinned by the absence of utilityman McKinstry.
Within the occasion of a prolonged absence for Seager, Chris Taylor or Gavin Lux would probably take the reins at shortstop, although transferring Taylor out of middle subject may require Mookie Betts to shift over to middle and thus open up an area in proper subject. A cleaner transfer can be Lux to shortstop, Max Muncy to second base and an Albert Pujols/Yoshi Tsutsugo mixture at first base, although Lux has struggled badly on the plate this season. Luckily for Los Angeles, Bellinger and McKinstry are each near starting rehab assignments, although that wouldn’t assist in the brief time period if Seager is out.
Seager is hitting .265/.361/.422 with 4 dwelling runs over his first 169 plate appearances of the season. Although his 121 wRC+ is down from the 152 wRC+ posted over 232 PA in 2020, a Seager who stays wholesome and productive all through the season will likely be well-positioned to be one of the top free agents of the 2021-22 offseason.