Guess who’s back, back again. Seager’s back, tell a friend.
After missing most of the 2018 season due to elbow and hip surgery, Corey Seager is now back on the field for the Dodgers as he made his Cactus League debut on Wednesday, March 20, against the Chicago Cubs.
Seager hit third in the lineup and started at shortstop.
RT if you're excited to see this guy in the lineup tonight. pic.twitter.com/CQLZYlMNa8
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2019
We were all eager to see Seager again.
— Blake (@BlakeW47) March 21, 2019
During the Game
The first pitch Seager saw was low for a ball. On the second pitch, he hit the ball to the warning track for an out. He just missed a home run, which was really impressive for a guy who hasn’t played against Major League talent in almost a year.
In the bottom of the first inning, Seager’s first defensive play came on a double play chance with Enrique Hernandez. He threw to first to get the second out and he looked comfortable doing it.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 21, 2019
While speaking with Pedro Moura of the Athletic after his outing, Corey had this to say:
“I didn’t think about it until after, but that was one of those throws that would’ve really bothered me before, and I didn’t really have anything at all.”
His second at-bat came in the third inning. On the second pitch he saw, he drove the ball over the wall in right-center for a home run. Even though it’s only been two at-bats, it’s safe to say Seager can still hit.
— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019
On the first ground ball Seager saw, which came in the fourth inning, he booted it for an error. There’s nothing to be concerned about, he just has some rust to shake off.
Seager’s third at-bat came in the fifth inning with Justin Turner on second base and no outs. The first pitch was a wild pitch over his head that allowed Turner to get to third base. On the fourth pitch, with a 2-1 count, Seager hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Daniel Castro pinch-hit for Seager in the seventh inning, ending his night.
He is expected to take more minor league at-bats on Thursday before getting back with Dodgers again on Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Seager finished his day 1-2 with a home run and 2-RBIs. He looked good throwing but made an error on his lone groundball opportunity. Overall, he showed he was healthy and close to being ready for opening day. Fans should be excited to have the superstar shortstop back in the lineup.
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