The Dodgers received a huge scare in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Phillies. It was more than just the scare of falling back into second place in the NL West race. During that frame Philadelphia right hander Elvis Araujo struck Corey Seager on the right wrist with a 91 MPH heater. Seager slumped over on the ground in visible pain. He grimaced as he walked to first base, flexing his wrist on the way there.
Seager was visited by the trainer and then took his base. He stayed in for the rest of the game. Manager Dave Roberts sprinted out of the dugout immediately as young Corey cradled his wrist. Manager Dave Roberts’ concern is understandable.
After all Corey Seager is not only having an incredible rookie of the year campaign, he’s having arguably a historically great season for the Dodgers. He’s almost a shoe in for rookie of the year and could be a candidate for NL MVP as well. The Dodgers can’t lose Seager and if they did they would be royally screwed.
“Corey’s fine, it’s just a little bruise,” manager Dave Roberts said.
The club had Seager take some x-rays as a precaution which all came out negative. Thank god. With an MLB record 26 players on the disabled list the Dodgers can ill-afford another setback. Especially if it’s Corey Seager. The Dodgers believe that the injury is minor and just a bruise. Seager stated after the game that he hopes to play on Friday against the Pirates.
Fortunately the Dodgers have a scheduled off day on Thursday which allows Seager to rest the bruised wrist. The 22-year old shortstop is slashing .303/.357/.531 with an .888 OPS and 21 home runs with 55 runs driven in while receiving 479 plate appearances. Seager (133 for 439) has 31 doubles and has played in 109 games. Seager recently broke the all-time LA Dodger record for most doubles in a season by a rookie.