The Dodgers have been without the services of shortstop Corey Seager for more than two months now after having a finger on his right hand fractured on a hit by pitch. The infielder was making good progress in June for a potential early return but had to shut that down after experiencing further soreness.
But now after the All-Star break, it looks like Seags could be rejoining the Dodgers fairly soon.
During Friday’s pre-game presser, manager Dave Roberts was once again asked about Corey Seager, his rehab, and when he expects the 2020 World Series MVP to be back in the line-up.
He’s expected to play [Saturday] in a game at Camelback Ranch. Probably like a five or six inning situation where he takes 3 at-bats.
#Dodgers Corey Seager is at Camelback Ranch and will play in a simulated game on Saturday. If all goes well, he's still on track to return to the team on Monday at Dodger Stadium against the #SFGiants.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 16, 2021
Last week, Doc noted that Seager was back swinging and taking around 40 swings per day in his ramp up to return. Notably, Roberts had mentioned the upcoming series against he Giants in Lso Angeles as a potential target date. However, on Friday, Dave backpedaled a little bit.
I don’t want to put a hard date on it. I think that the number one thing is the health. So once he comes out of it ok then I want to make sure that the timing is good for Corey. That he feels good in the batter’s box, the recovery, playing defense and if its <onday, great, if not we are more than willing to adjust the time line.
Seager was struck on the right hand by a 90 mile-per-hour fastball in May against the Marlins. An x-ray revealed a fracture in the fifth metacarpal and he’s been out ever since.