The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt what appeared to be a crippling blow at the end of April when it was announced Corey Seager was set to undergo Tommy John surgery. It was a carryover from last year and immediately ended his 2018 season.
At the time of the operation, it robbed the Dodgers of their starting left side of the infield. Justin Turner was still on the mend from a fractured left wrist sustained late in Spring Training.
While Seager was recovering from the elbow ligament surgery, the Dodgers announced he was in line for hip surgery. The second procedure did not impact the timeline for his return, which remains by the start of Spring Training next year.
During a recent interview with Alanna Rizzo, Seager said he’s made steady progress in his rehab process, as seen on SportsNet LA:
“I’m progressing slowly but surely. I just started riding the elliptical. I think I play catch here in the next few weeks, so pretty excited about that. Just happy to keep moving forward.”
Seager notoriously pushed to be in the lineup on an everyday basis, which he said makes the prolonged recovery all the more frustrating and difficult for him:
“It’s been hard not being in control in any way. You try to talk to everybody, you try to help as much as you can, but it’s weird totally being on the sidelines and just watching.”
Facing a season without their All-Star shortstop, the Dodgers went out and acquired Manny Machado prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Although Machado is due to become a free agent, the front office has not ruled out re-signing him despite confidence in Seager also being able to play shortstop.
Seager himself is confident in his ability to return to his natural position, with the sentiment boosted by finally becoming fully healthy because of the two surgeries.
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