Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was originally in the starting lineup for Friday night’s matchup against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium. However, about 20 minutes before first pitch, news broke.
Lineup change. Seager no longer in. Taylor, who was initially at second, moves to shortstop. Hernández now in the lineup at second base.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 11, 2019
The Dodgers played the entirety of their game with no update or mention on why he was scratched. Twitter was flush with searches on why Seager was removed, and included some interesting trolls chiming in. However, Corey was found in the dugout by mid game.
The Dodgers have not said why Corey Seager was scratched three hours ago. But I did see him in uniform in their dugout during the sixth inning. So.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 11, 2019
During his post game scrum, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided the update we were all looking for.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 11, 2019
Roberts said that Corey had a personal issue come up before the game. While a “personal issue” is pretty broad, as Dave said, “family first” for sure.
Seager has struggled while posting a .230 average in his return from elbow reconstruction and hip surgeries, leading some to worry that something physical may have been affecting him.
In his absence, the Dodgers made quick work of the Nationals in a 5-0 shutout pitched by Kenta Maeda.