We just learned the news that shortstop Corey Seager is going to miss 1-2 weeks with a sprained left knee ligament. Seager suffered the injury during Monday afternoon’s 8-4 loss to the Angels when he was rounding first base after hitting a single. The Dodgers then sent him for an MRI and learned of the news. This is probably the best result we could get because the MRI showed no structural damage and no tears and no surgery is needed.
The injury was called asymptomatic or they are waiting for him to be asymptomatic. Something to that affect. I’m no medical expert so maybe you guys can figure out what that means. I am assuming it means that Seager is expected to be back soon once he is not feeling sore.
It makes us wonder what the Dodger’s backup plan is at shortstop if anything ever happened to Corey Seager. Thankfully 21-year olds tend to recover quickly. However if something were to happen to Seager, and it’s a scary thought, there isn’t much depth there.
Of course Kike Hernandez would likely play at the position. Unfortunately he has a massive platoon split against right handers. Chase Utley has never played shortstop at the professional level and neither has Howie Kendrick. Justin Turner has played 46 career games at shortstop but he is expected to play sparingly in the first few weeks of the season as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery.
The Dodgers do have non-roster guys like Charlie Culberson and old friend Elian Herrera. They are more of emergency options anyways. I would expect that if anything were to happen to Seager long term that Hernandez would take over at shortstop full time. Brandon Hicks has some experience there as well.
Kike would be the best option out of all of those guys. To be honest if I were to see Herrera, Culberson, or Hicks playing over Kike, it would probably make me very angry. Kike is the better choice both offensively and defensively. However if anything were to happen to Seager and Kike well…..gulp.
Here’s another wild option to consider. Alex Guerrero has experience at shortstop when he was playing in Cuba. I know he isn’t the best choice defensively. Glove wise he’s very poor. He’s a better hitter than Culberson, Herrera, and Hicks. Unfortunately Guerrero has also been battling injuries and illness this spring as well.
It seems as if the entire infield has been battling minor injuries this spring. Kendrick had a tight groin and is just starting to take at-bats again. Adrian Gonzalez suffered a sore neck. Surprisingly the only infielder that has been healthy has been Utley.
“It’s nothing long term,” said Friedman
All we can do is pray that Seager stays healthy. With the exception of Clayton Kershaw, he could be the one truly irreplaceable player on the Dodger’s roster.