Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager is expected to be out one to two weeks with a knee sprain.
It seems as if every year the Dodgers are dealing with injuries heading into the season, and this year appears to be no different as the injuries continue to pile up.
This time, it’s the Dodgers star rookie shortstop, Corey Seager. He appeared to tweak his knee on Friday while running the bases early in the game.
“He just wasn’t moving as well as he normally does, so we just wanted to get him out as soon as possible,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday after the game.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Dodgers sent Seager for an MRI on Saturday which revealed only a mild knee sprain.
“It’s nothing long term,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “As soon as he’s asymptomatic, he’ll be back. A week or two. There’s no tear, there’s no surgery, nothing more than treating and waiting until he’s asymptomatic and getting him back on the field. He was still feeling sore, but after we checked and we’re confident it’s nothing that will linger long term.”
With opening day just three weeks away, manager Dave Roberts suggested that his rookie shortstop might not be ready to go.
“That’s pushing it,” Roberts said. “It’s not ideal.”
Seager, 21, is a top ranked prospect and an important player for the Dodgers this upcoming season. In only ninety-eight at-bats last year, he hit .337/.425/.561 with four homers, eight doubles, and seventeen RBI. The Dodgers were so impressed with Seager’s play, they added him to their playoff roster. He saw significant playing time in the post-season due to Jimmy Rollins’ lack of production.
With Rollins gone, Seager is now the Dodgers everyday shortstop, and they can’t afford for him to miss any time. Even if he’s ready to go on opening day, several of his teammates are not. That list includes left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who’ll be out for up to five months with a bulging disc in his back, and multi-position player Justin Turner, who’s recovering slowly from knee surgery.
Additionally, starting left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t even made his spring debut yet, and pitcher Alex Wood had to miss his start Saturday due to tightness in his arm. Staying healthy might be the Dodgers toughest challenge this year.