BY: LYDIA VAZQUEZ
The Los Angeles Dodgers eagerly awaited the return of Corey Seager after he was limited to just 26 games in 2018 because of Tommy John surgery.
Seager played a major role in the Dodgers’ success of making it to the World Series in 2017.
Batting .254 the shortstop hasn’t quite returned to form after also undergoing hip surgery.
Manager Dave Roberts has continued his confidence in him and emphasized a need for patience with Seager. He added there was a sense he’d turn the corner in the near future now that he’d logged more than 150 plate appearances.
Seager hadn’t played in a regular season game for nearly a year but has remained healthy despite a heavy workload right off the bat.
Fans felt some concern after Fridays game when Seager was unexpectedly scratched from the lineup.
Following the Dodgers’ shutout win, Roberts shared some details on Seager’s situation, explaining he didn’t play due to an off-the-field matter, via SportsNet LA:
“Corey just had something personal that came up. Literally an hour before the game, so he had to go take care of it. Family first, personal stuff first.”
Roberts gave some hope to doubters with a statement defending Seagers change in play, “With Corey, the hip, the elbow, there was essentially a body transformation,” said Roberts. “His body is moving differently, its acting differently. He was doing things to compensate for how he was feeling in 2018. He’s not as extreme. There are subtleties certainly that are not the same as it was.” According to the OCR.
“To expect him to go out there and not miss a beat after not playing essentially all of last year, and an abbreviated spring training – the main thing for me, for all of us, was to just have him healthy out there, to have his presence out there. The last couple days, he’s really starting to find his swing… Corey is definitely trending in the right direction.”