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Dodgers News: Corey Seager Late Scratch from Game with Family Issue

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bobbles a ground ball by Johan Camargo #17 of the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

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.

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.

During his post game scrum, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided the update we were all looking for.

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.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Another mysterious illness,family or personal issue a la Toles. They pull Seager from the line-up 1hr from the game, but he is available to pinch-hit. What gives?? Just say the guy needs an off-day, unavailable to play or pinch-hit.

  2. C’mon Seager get yourself righted! Glad you hit that grand-slam Sunday. The Dodgers will need you because before your injuries you were capable of hitting LHPs. He doesn’t look comfortable against LHP yet.

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