Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Believes Corey Seager May Avoid Elbow Surgery
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

A balky right elbow kept Corey Seager out of the lineup for 11 games and it was an issue he played through over the final six weeks of the regular season and into the playoffs. After undergoing an MRI, Seager suggested offseason surgery was likely in the cards.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman indicated that may not be necessary, however. “We expect the time that we have in the offseason will help heal,” Friedman explained.

“We’re going to kind of push back the throwing program a little bit and go through a treatment program that we feel like will put him in the best position to come into camp healthy. We’re going to monitor it, talk through it, and figure it out.”

While the sore elbow was said to primarily impact Seager in the field and not at the plate, he hit .205/.284/.359 with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games (20 starts) upon being inserted back into the lineup.

Seager had three hits, including a triple, and two RBI and four walks in 15 plate appearances over three National League Division Series games. A back injury prevented him from being included on the roster for the Championship Series.

Seager went 6-for-27 with one double, one home run, four RBI and three walks during the World Series.

Overall this season, the All-Star shortstop batted .295/.375/.479 with 33 doubles, 22 home runs and 77 RBI in 145 games. While there was a slight dip, Seager’s production was comparable to his output from a 2016 Rookie of the Year campaign.