If you’re looking for slightly good news out of a terrible situation, there was a positive update on the Dodgers’ loss of Corey Seager today. Before the game, Dave Roberts said that, thankfully, the shortstop will avoid surgery on his fractured hand.
Fortunately, I think we dodged a bullet on that one. No surgery required. He’s in a splint and we’re just gonna kind of let it heal.
In case you missed it, Seager was struck on the right hand by a 90 mile-per-hour fastball in the 5th inning of Friday night’s win over the Marlins. He was in visible pain for several moments before coming out of the game. An x-ray revealed a fracture in the fifth metacarpal in Corey’s right hand.
While Seager is out, Doc said that Gavin Lux will mostly take over at shortstop with Chris Taylor also seeing games there from time to time. Additionally, Max Muncy will likely get most of his at-bats out of the second spot in the batting order for the time being.
As for Seager’s return timeline, Roberts was less inclined to offer a date. Still, when pressed, he gave us something.
With a broken hand, the timeline is pretty vague [for his return]. … To be back with us, the floor is 4 weeks, and again, I just don’t know. You just gotta let it happen.
In the interim, the 27-year-old free-agent-to-be will stay in playing shape by continuing to do “lower half conditioning core stuff” with the Dodgers’ training staff, along with fielding work, “top hand stuff” with the bat, and the club’s virtual reality setup to still see live pitching while he heals.
On the Horizon
Finally, and notably, the Dodgers added infielder Yoshi Tsutsugo in a trade with the Tampa Bays Rays on Saturday. He’s expected to join the team on Monday and could see time at third base, second base, and perhaps a little shortstop while Seager is out. He was a career .285 hitter over 10 seasons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league.
Zach McKinstry could also rejoin the team within the next two weeks. He’s expected to go out on a minor league rehab assignment this week.