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Dodgers: Corey Seager Talks About What Got Him Through Tommy John Surgery

The Dodgers’ shortstop talks about the injury that set him back an entire year.



The Dodgers’ featuring Ross Stripling on their Instagram account every week has been one of the most entertaining parts of quarantine. Ross has some experience with interviewing, with all of his success on The Big Swing Podcast that he does on the side.

This week, Ross hosted Corey Seager on the Instagram live session. Seager talked about his lost year due to Tommy John surgery, and the steps he took to overcome it. He underwent surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament back in April of 2018, keeping him out of baseball until 2019.

You kind of rely on people close to you…I kind of looked at it like ‘that’s your job now’. This is what I got to do, this is what I have to do. There’s no way around it, so you just try to get in there, get it over with, and get it done. And then you can come home and somewhat take your mind off of it, not think about it. 

For Seager, the hardest part was not being able to be on the field. The Dodgers took Seager in the first round of the 2012 draft right out of high school. Four years later, Seager took home the Rookie of the Year award after an outstanding 2016 campaign. 

The following year saw him take a small step back, but he stayed consistent and provided offense at all of the right times. But anyone watching Seager closely during the 2017 playoffs could see that there might be some lingering issues. That proved to be true when he had to undergo the routine just six months later, along with a hip surgery as well.

Seager also talked with Ross about the fears that came with him coming back after he recovered from surgery.

Man, it was weird. Everything was like a first, so you’re always nervous, you’re always worried. Even making it through the first month you’re like ‘is month two going to be different from month one?’. Your body feels different all the time, you never felt like you’re in the same spot always, it was interesting for sure.

The hope is that Corey Seager can have his first healthy season since 2917 this year. Last season, Seager suffered a hamstring strain that slowed him down for the entire year. Before that strain, Seager had started to heat up at the plate. He was hitting .425 in the month of June before having to sit out a month with the hamstring injury. 

If the Dodgers are able to get Seager back to 100 percent in 2020, this offense is going to be among the most potent in the league.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Seager has the mentality you want in a player. He seems like an easy going guy, but he’s a competitor who spends alot of time perfecting his skills. He is the polar opposite of Puig. When Seager had to have TJ surgery, there was no doubt in my mind he would come out of it fine. The only issue was holding him back, and his competitiveness, until he was actually ready.

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