The Dodgers have placed star shortstop Corey Seager on the 10-day IL due to a left hamstring strain, as per a club announcement. Seager’s placement is retroactive to June 12. Taking Seager’s place on the roster is Matt Beaty, who has been activated from his own injured list stint.
Seager suffered the injury on Tuesday while running the bases, and an MRI revealed (as reported by J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group) that the strain “is either a particularly bad Grade 2 or a more mild Grade 3.” The issue is severe enough that Seager is currently projected to miss four-to-six weeks of action.
The news puts a damper on what had been a successful comeback season for Seager, who missed all but 26 games of the 2018 campaign due to Tommy John surgery. He also underwent hip surgery last August, though Seager didn’t look any worse for wear in his return to the field in 2019, hitting .278/.359/.468 with eight homers over 270 plate appearances.
Losing Seager is a blow to even the deep and versatile Dodgers lineup, though Chris Taylor is a capable fill-in while Seager is out of action. Enrique Hernandez also has experience at shortstop, and even backup catcher Russell Martin could play the position in a pinch.