The Dodgers just played game number 86 of 162. Corey Seager missed his 47th consecutive game while recovering from a fractured finger. For a period of time a couple weeks ago, it looked like returning some time early in July was in the realm of possibility. In fact, it was the expectation.
Then he took a step back.
The LA shortstop was progressing well, adding batting practice to the rest of his on-field routine before games. However, soreness in the still-healing bone in his right hand caused him to put the bat down last week.
Now, Dave Roberts says that Seags is back in the swing of things. Like, literally.
I think he was up to 40 swings the last couple days, so that’s a good thing. Our expectation is that sometime shortly after the break he will be active and taking at-bats to be active with us.
2021 is a contract year for the 2020 World Series MVP. The Scott Boras client has shut down any talk about his future and contract status this season, but it’s easy to imagine that his next contract is somewhere on the forefront of his mind. Over his career, Corey has struggled to stay on the field.
The 27-year-old has played more than 100 games in a season only three times in his career. Notably, he did play in 52 games in last year’s pandemic-shortened 60 game season, so that’s a wash.
With that said, chances are that a few weeks ago he was rushing to get back to game action in an attempt to build upon his platform season. Of course, he wants to be there for his team too. But for the team, it’s better to have a fully healthy Corey Seager for the late summer stretch run and into the postseason.
He’s currently on the 60-day injured list and not eligible to return until July 19th at the earliest. Moreover, he’s expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the club.