We all knew that shortstop Corey Seager had elbow problems, but none of us knew how severe it was. Well now we know, and my god it was so much worse than expected. The Dodgers announced that Seager has a torn right UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The club called up Breyvic Valera from Oklahoma City to fill his spot. I guess Seager batting a meager .260 should have clued us all into his elbow problems.
Today, the Dodgers recalled Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Corey Seager on the 10-day DL with a right UCL sprain. Seager will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 30, 2018
It seemed that Seager had begun to perk up a little bit of late. Overall he was slashing .267/.348/.396 with two home runs in 115 plate appearances. He had played in 26 of the team’s 27 games this year. Recently he had been nursing a sore hip suffered when he fell while chasing down a pop fly in the San Francisco series. But to my knowledge there had been nothing new reported about his elbow.
Now the Dodgers must forge on without Seager and still without Justin Turner. I would assume that Enrique Hernandez will get the majority of the time at shortstop with Valera seeing some reps and Chris Taylor getting some time there as well. For tonight’s series opener against Arizona which the club will almost certainly lose, Taylor is at shortstop and in his familiar lead-off position.
Otherwise the Dodgers are pretty screwed right now. With this awful news my fears and concerns have been confirmed. The Dodgers are 12-15, sit in fourth plate 6.5 games behind Arizona. They have won two series this season which includes one on the road against the lowly Padres. More than likely this will be a lost season for the Dodgers and they will not make the playoffs. I really don’t see it this year, after losing Seager for the rest of the season I really believe it now.
On the bright side we’ll be free and clear to do anything we want in October. Free to go out to dinner on a weeknight without having to rush home before the first pitch. Free to go out on Friday and Saturday nights this fall without worrying about the playoffs. It will certainly be infuriating but it will allow the team to retool for 2019. They can’t win the division every season.
Of course there is still time for the Dodgers to recover and save the 2018 season. But could you honestly look me in the eyes and tell me that you believe with Corey Seager out for the year, and Justin Turner still not back and an assortment of gas cans in the bullpen and a lineup inept of delivering with runners in scoring position and a club unable to defeat their division rivals will be able to turn this around and make up over 7 games in the standings over the next few weeks? I guess we’ll see tonight. The post Seager era begins now. It won’t be pretty. Jeez what a miserable god damn season.