It’s been a long year, and the regular season isn’t even over yet.
The Dodgers have experienced highs and lows just like any other team, but the grind has worn down several players over the last stretch of the 162-game season. Ultimate performers come to compete at an elite level each time they take the field, and it’s easy to forget that they need substantial amounts of recovery to stay in superb shape.
This is the case for one of the best shortstops in the game today, after taking a foul ball off of his ankle on Wednesday.
Roberts said Corey Seager's ankle is sore/tender. Will get a few days but is actually "fresher" than he was at end of last year per Roberts
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 21, 2017
Corey Seager is without a doubt, one of the most consistent players on the Dodgers roster. However, he’s human too; and his body needs time to regain the strength it needs to withstand a postseason duration.
One can tell that he hasn’t looked sharp lately, but he’s been battling a sore elbow and now the ankle injury. The news is quite humbling, and it shows that the young up-and-coming superstar will do anything it takes to win in the long run.
Dave Roberts’ decision to rest him before early October is smart, and also entails that Seager is actually feeling better than most people had expected. It’s incredible to know that he’s “fresher,” at this point than he was a year ago.
As a leadoff hitter in the 2016 NLDS, Seager hit home runs during his first at-bats and even on first pitch swings. He’s currently slated to be the No. 2 hitter in the lineup, and there’s absolutely no guarantee that he’ll replicate that performance again; but it’s good to know that he’s projected to be healthy for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. However, in the 2016 postseason overall, Seager batted just .205 and had an OBP of .255.
Hopefully with Corey Seager feeling fresher now than he did around this time last year, that means he can turn his September slump around and get hot leading into the postseason!Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Addressed All Hitters Before Wednesday’s Game