While the Los Angeles Dodgers have pushed forward in their quest to clinch a third consecutive National League West division title, it’s come at a cost as multiple players have recently suffered a hamstring injury.
The most recent, though least severe, of that group is utility man Jose Peraza, who has missed the last three games due to hamstring soreness. While Peraza doesn’t believe the situation to be serious, it prompted the Dodgers to call up top prospect Corey Seager from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Seager made his Major League debut that same night, starting at shortstop so Jimmy Rollins could be given a much-needed night off. Seager shifted over to third base Friday, which according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, is the position the 21 year old will primarily play:
Seager will play more at third than at shortstop.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 4, 2015
Seager’s height has long led to many projecting the hot corner as the position he would eventually settle in at upon reaching the Majors. The Dodgers however, including team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, have maintained a belief in Seager’s ability to become a Major-League shortstop.
Seager’s first taste in the Dodgers organization a different position came in 2013 when he played two innings at third for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He started four games (30 innings) at third with Double-A Tulsa this season, and 15 more games (137 innings) at the corner spot with the OKC Dodgers.
While Justin Turner will remain the starter, Seager becomes the latest to step through the revolving door as a backup option. The Dodgers this season have seemingly shuffled through Alex Guerrero, Juan Uribe and in some sense, Hector Olivera.
Along with Seager, indications have been Chase Utley will also spell Turner, particularly once Howie Kendrick is reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.