The Dodgers worst fears were confirmed this afternoon, as Corey Seager’s elbow is not as healthy as advertised. The young shortstop will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a sprain Ulneral Collateral Ligament in his throwing arm. That surgery will end his 2018 season.
Today, the Dodgers recalled Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Corey Seager on the 10-day DL with a right UCL sprain. Seager will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 30, 2018
Like most of you, the injury leaves us all at Dodgers Nation at a loss for words. Mostly because the option for surgery was given at the end of last season. Many had hoped he would opt to get healthy rather than risk an injury that carried all the way through 2018. Instead, Seager and the staff chose to rehab, and here we are.
Seager showed signs of an ailing arm all season, even if most did not notice it initially. His throws from short looked hesitant and awkward, and many of them barely made it to Bellinger at first base. Now we know why, unfortunately.
In the meantime, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez will probably get a lot more work in at shortstop. The two have combined to take a majority of the reps already when Seager needed a break. Recently acquired Breyvic Valera will also serve as a backup plan. It is the absolute worst time for this sort of news to break. The Dodgers are struggling, both on offense as well as defense. The team looks lost, and losing their star shortstop will not help. Someone will need to step up to make up for his loss.
It will take a while to let this all sink in, but his presence will almost certainly be missed. Seager looked like he was catching fire leading up to this injury. He will finish the season batting 267 with two home runs. Most of those hits had come over the past two weeks.
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