How much have you missed watching Corey Seager play baseball? It’s hard to believe, but we have gone almost a full season without the steadying influence of the young superstar. Back in August, Farhan Zaidi relayed confidence in Seager making a full, healthy return in 2019. Recently, Seager himself said that he’s going to be back and better than ever when the 2019 season begins.
Seager said his throwing program will begin early next month, providing six months before the 2019 season starts. He put off the hip surgery, which required a month on crutches, until his arm was strong enough to handle the crutches.
“It definitely makes me happy to hear that things are going to stop bothering me,” he said. “It would make me really happy to be able to play without pain. You lose flexibility from it. It was just nagging, annoying and would take a while to get loose.
An upbeat Corey Seager is back on his feet after hip surgery, eager to resume throwing next month after Tommy John surgery and “absolutely” confident he’ll be playing shortstop for the Dodgers next year. https://t.co/pzVBlQjCww
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 9, 2018
Nevertheless, the Dodgers have Manny Machado looming at shortstop at the present. Seager weighed in on Machado being on the roster – and was a bit diplomatic in terms of the superstar remaining a Dodger beyond 2018.
“You always want players like that on your team,” Seager said of Machado’s acquisition. “He’s been great since he came over. I’ve had a lot of great talks with him. We needed a right-handed bat to play the infield and that’s what he does at a really high level.”
Still, Seager remained staunch in his ability to play shortstop when asked if injuries were do to his size and playing a physically-demanding position.
“Nope, not at all. It really hasn’t been a thought,” he said last week. “I’m planning to stay at short. All [the injuries] would have happened in other positions. I don’t think it made a huge difference.”
Dodgers baseball is a better place with Corey Seager a part of it. It’s hard to imagine Los Angeles in the fight of their lives for a postseason spot if the near 6-WAR player is at full-strength this entire season. However, a brighter day looms on the horizon; and Corey Seager will be a large part of it when the sun rises.
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