After spending the offseason adding to and tinkering with their roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on the surface, had a starting rotation deeper than last year’s group. Additionally, the stockpile of infielders figured to be among the most versatile in baseball.
Excluding catcher A.J. Ellis and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, each infielder is capable of playing multiple positions. With the luxury of being able to move infielders around, the Dodgers were in good position to keep players healthy throughout the season.
However, just as has been the case with their starting pitch depth, several infielders are dealing with various injuries at present time.
Prized shortstop and consensus No. 1 overall prospect Corey Seager was the latest to join the list of ailing Dodgers. He was removed from Friday’s game after three innings due to left knee soreness.
Seager was sent for an MRI on Saturday and will be out one to weeks with a knee sprain, per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Andrew Friedman: "All looks good" re Seager, 1-2 weeks out with sprained knee
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 13, 2016
Seager is slated to enter his first full Major League season with the Dodgers, who don’t have much depth to speak of behind him at shortstop. Utility man Kiké Hernandez presumably would be called on to fill the void.
Seager hit .337/.425/.561 with four home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBIs, a .421 wOBA and 175 wRC+ in 27 regular-season games with the Dodgers in 2015. He then became the youngest position player to start a postseason game in franchise history.