The Dodgers just lost one of their best hitters to injury. The loss of Corey Seager can’t be understated for the boys in blue. The former rookie of the year shortstop strained a hamstring during the series against the Angels in Anaheim. The diagnosis was a grade 2 strain and it will apparently keep Seager out of the Dodger lineup for the next 4-6 weeks. The Dodgers are used to being without Seager at this point. They lost him for most of the season in 2018 when he underwent Tommy John surgery.
Losing Seager will no doubt create a big void in the Dodger lineup and possibly affect their odds of returning to their third consecutive World Series. Although according to the odds makers like usa online casinos think their chances of getting back to the Fall Classic are still pretty high. Even without Seager, the Dodgers are the best club in the National League.
Still, it’s a huge shame to lose his bat, especially now since he was just starting to hit. After a slow start to the 2019 campaign Seager was scorching hot. The young all-star was batting .425 (17 for 40) in the month of June. He was carrying an OPS of over .1000 and that’s after he posted an .852 OPS in May. Overall Seager was enjoying a productive season. He was slashing .278/.359/.468 with 8 home runs and 38 runs driven in. That was good for a 117 OPS+ and an .828 OPS in 270 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are naturally concerned about Seager’s health, and with his history there is no firm timetable. It’s likely he’ll be back in about 6 weeks or so but it might take a little longer for him to recover. At this point in midseason there is no rush to bring him back until he is fully healthy.
Not to worry though, the Dodgers have the depth to overcome his absence for a while. In the meantime Chris Taylor should get most of the reps at short with Enrique Hernandez getting some time there as well. I’m sure Justin Turner could play there in a pinch too. This will give the Dodgers some flexibility with their lineup choices.
Losing Seager again certainly sucks. He was just beginning to heat up. I don’t think this is an injury that is going to sink them in the short term. They have the backup pieces to get by for now. If he is out for an extended amount of time they could always look for replacements on the trade market as well like they did last summer when they acquired Manny Machado. Look at it this way, there were without Seager for nearly the entire season last year and they still won the National Pennant and made it to the World Series. They could certainly do it again if they had to. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Get well soon Seager.