The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that short stop Corey Seager will miss the rest of the season to undergo Tommy John surgery to fix his right UCL sprain.
Today, the Dodgers recalled Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Corey Seager on the 10-day DL with a right UCL sprain. Seager will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 30, 2018
This comes as a major blow to the Dodgers, as their hopes to return to the World Series may be delayed now. Seager won the National League Rookie of The Year award two seasons ago, and was the main supplier for the Dodgers power in the lineup as Justin Turner remains absent while healing his wrist.
To make Seager’s news even worst, Turner’s initial replacement at third base, Logan Forsythe, is also on the disabled list with an injured shoulder. The Dodgers who have played third base this season have posted a .523 on-base-plus-slugging percentage — the worst in the majors. Seager’s power was definitely needed while the rest of his teammates recovered from injuries.
Kike Hernandez will most likely fill in for Seager at the short stop position, he’s played their 51 times in his five seasons. The one area the Dodgers have a surplus at is their outfield, they could also afford to have Chris Taylor return to his original position at short stop, who was converted into their center fielder last year after a trade with the Mariners.
The team will lean on Cody Bellinger while they await everybody else’s return, who was benched on Sunday for not hustling out a triple against the Giants. He’s currently batting .291 with three home runs and 12 RBI