If you’re a good, devoted Dodgers fan; you’re scouring the internet before you get in bed tonight to check out the status of a possible Corey Seager injury. The Dodgers lost the game – and the series – to the lowly Miami Marlins with Clayton Kershaw on the bump. The bad news seemed to not end their on a soft fly ball hit by J.B. Shuck in the top of the ninth inning. Seager drifted into left field to make a play on the ball, and slipped. He appeared to suffer a possible injury, with trainer Stan Conte and manager Dave Roberts coming to his aide.
It appears that Seager avoided serious injury. But Bill Punkett reported after the game that Seager received some soft-tissue therapy. In typical Corey Seager fashion, he said he felt ‘fine’.
#Dodgers Corey Seager said he slipped on play in 9th, felt "a little blip — I don't know the right word for it" in his hip. Got soft-tissue therapy after game, feels fine now
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 26, 2018
Seager would say he felt fine if there was a fifth metacarpal sticking out of his foot. Do you feel comforted? I don’t know if I feel all that comforted, yet.
This isn’t a case of a player suffering what I think is a major injury. Rather, it’s been like a million tiny cuts for Seager in his short career. We reviewed his injury history during spring training. It reads a little bit like a Tolstoy novel. We decided that the only thing keeping Seager from an MVP run was a clean bill of health.
Seager shrugged off the aches to climb in the batters box and single in the ninth inning. His 1-for-4 game raised his average to .241 on the season. To me, his slugging percentage of .333 in 87 at-bats suggests this is not a completely healthy player. If we are being honest with ourselves – this is not the superstar we have come to know. That said, his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is under .200 this season. This suggests he’s suffering from a degree of poor luck. More hits should start falling.
While we wait and see if Seager plays on Friday in San Francisco, lets hope for better luck and that he can get restored to full health. Getting Justin Turner back, and Yasiel Puig hot are really important for a team showing a lack of offense. But without Seager getting on base and hitting for a little bit of power, this offense can only go so far. There may be no easier player to root for or love in a Dodgers uniform. Here’s to a Seager hot streak, and a run of consecutive games played that lasts through the summer.
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