The Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop, Corey Seager, played in a rehab game in the Arizona League and looks good. Seager had a base hit and drew a walk in three plate appearances for the Dodgers’ rookie affiliate. Seager previously played in simulated games but did not need to play in many rehab games prior to activation. The 27-year-old rejoined the Dodgers big-league club Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Seager fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch while facing the Miami Marlins in the middle of May. Until that point in the season, Seager batted to a .265/.361/.422 slash line, which are relatively low offensive numbers for his career. His career slash line is .293/.362/.495, so his on-base percentage is on par with his career average. But his batting and slugging percentages are lower than his norm. This should not be anything to worry about, however. Seager only has 147 at-bats this season and there has been a lot of talk about pitchers using substances to enhance their grip on the ball. Seager now has the opportunity to return after MLB began random foreign substance checks on pitchers. Whether or not the increased spin rates on pitches have any effect on Seager, he will be facing pitchers with lower spin rates nonetheless.
Corey Seager Returns to Dodgers
The fact that Corey Seager looked good in his rehab assignment is great considering that plans were for him to solely play in simulated games at Camelback Ranch. He made his return to the Dodgers on July 30, and went 2-for-5. He hit the ball hard several times and looked good all around. After having some recent mishaps in the field, the Dodgers could certainly use Seager’s glove at shortstop. The Dodgers lost their first game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 10th-inning walk-off. They look to turn that around Saturday with their lineup returning to a more normal one. It is good to see Seager back.
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