If you have felt like the Dodgers lineup has been a little barren lately, you’re not abnormal. Clearly, front and center are the absences of shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder A.J. Pollock. While the Dodgers gave recent positive updates on the return dates of both players, they have been putting in work to get back between the white lines.
Prior to Wednesday night’s contest with the Arizona Diamondbacks, manager Dave Roberts dropped a couple interesting tidbits in regards to the rehab of Seager and Pollock. Furthermore, it involves virtual reality.
Seager and Pollock have been using a virtual reality headset to simulate batting while rehabbing.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 3, 2019
Now, that’s interesting. In all of my time following baseball, I haven’t heard of this type of contraption. First off, I want one in my living room. Second, this sounds like an excellent piece that The Athletic will have more to expand upon if either of these guys comes back and gets hot. Does it not?
Finally, Alanna Rizzo provides us with an interesting nugget in regards to Seager’s return. File this in the ‘don’t count on it, but’ department if you can.
Roberts said it was “unlikely”, but a “possibility” Seager could be activated BEFORE All-Star Break.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 4, 2019
With days before the All-Star break ticking away like sands through the hourglass, we wouldn’t expect Seager back too quickly. However, more will be known in the very near-term. David Vassegh of AM570 has more on Seager’s rehab.
Corey Seager said he’ll know more tomorrow if he’ll need a rehab assignment and when he will be activated. All depends how his body responds after today’s simulated game. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 3, 2019
The Dodgers should be getting some key cogs back very soon. When they do, we have to hope for a clean bill of health. It seems like they haven’t been at full-strength for a long run of games yet in 2019.
Finally, I can’t wait to hear more about the virtual reality rehab machine.