Alright, it feels like we can just about officially exhale.
Dave Roberts gave an update on Corey Seager’s recovery that makes it seem as if the top prospect in baseball is just about ready to return to the diamond for live major league action.
This, via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Dave Roberts said Corey Seager is expected to go with #Dodgers to LA and play in Freeway Series games
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 27, 2016
Before Seager is ready for that action, however, he’ll have to test that knee elsewhere.
Dave Roberts said Corey Seager expected to play 6-7 innings at shortstop on Monday on minor league side, get 4 AB
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 27, 2016
Feels right to say this given the holiday being observed today: Hallelujah!
Combine this with the news of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s recovery and we have the rare bit of uninterrupted good news. Is this real life?
I’ve always somewhat wondered about the actual importance of Opening Day, seeing as it is simply the first of 162 games played in the regular season, but in terms of morale for a player like Seager, with the amount of pressure that’s been heaped on him by expectations, being ready to go from day one of the season certainly can’t hurt.
For the Dodgers, it means they’re that much closer to potentially having their full infield (Justin Turner, Seager, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez) getting some reps in before the season actually starts.
Whether those guys will have an opportunity to play with Yasmani Grandal seems less likely, but hey, baby steps.
Bigger picture, it seems the team really dodged a bullet, seeing as the injury was non-contact and held him out of action. All too often, a situation like that results in surgery for the player and exponentially more time missed.
Breathe easy, Dodgers fans; we avoided that.