Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager underwent successful arthroscopic left hip surgery on Tuesday in New York, with the operation being performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly.
The injury is not expected to affect how much time Seager will miss as he was already sidelined the remainder of this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.
It’s believed he injured the hip while playing the field on April 25, and by having the surgery now, Seager is expected to be able to resume baseball activities as early as January, which would put him in line to be ready for the start of Spring Training.
The 2018 season will obviously go down as a forgettable one for Seager. It’s a stark contrast to being named a National League All-Star in each of his first two seasons and winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2016.
Seager batted .267/.348/.396 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 13 RBI over 26 games (24 starts) before Tommy John surgery was deemed necessary.
Despite the pair of injuries, the Dodgers are confident that Seager will be able to return and be as good, if not better, on both sides of the ball than before the injuries. At just 24 years of age, Seager is still one of the bright young faces of the Dodgers and the entire sport of baseball.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers decide to sign Seager’s replacement at shortstop this season, Manny Machado, to a long-term contract this offseason. One of the two All-Stars would be forced to switch positions if that were the case.
Plus, the domino effect would involve Justin Turner. He’s been entrenched at third base for the better part of the past four seasons, but conceivably could slide over to first base.