Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager exited the team’s game Tuesday with a left hamstring injury. Manager Dave Roberts said afterward the club believes he suffered a Grade 2 strain, though Seager will undergo an MRI for confirmation (via Pedro Moura of The Athletic).
If the Dodgers’ fears are correct, Seager could end up missing at least a few weeks. To cite one recent example, Astros outfielder George Springer suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain May 25 and still hasn’t returned. A similar absence would mean another frustratingly short campaign for Seager, the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year who underwent Tommy John surgery last season and missed all but 26 games as a result. The 25-year-old also required left hip surgery in August, though his season was already long over at that point.
Seager had been enjoying a healthy, productive 2019 prior to incurring his latest injury. Not only has Seager appeared in 66 of the Dodgers’ 68 games, but he has slashed .279/.359/.468 (121 wRC+) with eight home runs and 2.1 fWAR over 265 plate appearances.
Seager’s production would be difficult to replace, especially given the tear he has been on this month. However, the cushion the 45-23 Dodgers have built in the National League West and the NL as a whole will give them some breathing room without Seager. For now, LA’s poised to turn to Chris Taylor as its primary shortstop, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.