Even as he battled multiple injuries in 2017, Corey Seager delivered an impressive encore to his Rookie of the Year campaign, reaching base at a .375 clip while racking up 55 extra-base hits. Unfortunately for Seager, his health issues caught up with him in October, as a back injury sidelined him for the entirety of the NLCS and likely contributed to his poor performance in the World Series. In addition, the shortstop played through a sore elbow for much of the second half and playoffs, though the Dodgers are hopeful a winter of rest and rehab will allow him to enter spring training at full strength. Seager's health is worth checking during the Dodgers' initial workouts, but if the early reports are positive, pencil him in for another season of outstanding four-category production. Since Seager prioritizes spraying the ball to all fields, he'll likely be merely an above-average contributor in home runs, but his sound approach as the No. 2 hitter in a stacked offense should make him an excellent source of batting average and runs.
Seager will be utilized as the team's designated hitter for Cactus League games this weekend as he continues to progress through a throwing program, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Seager remains on a throwing program as he works to build his arm back to 100 percent after missing some time due to back and elbow injuries in 2017. There doesn't appear to be any concern over his status for the start of the season, but he's yet to be cleared for his typical spot at shortstop during spring games. The Dodgers are hoping a reduction in workload will help Seager avoid any sort of setback.
General manager Farhan Zaidi said Seager will not require offseason elbow surgery, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Seager dealt with a right elbow issue for the final two months of the 2017 season, and offseason surgery had been floated around as a possibility. He's apparently doing better after taking a couple of months off, however, and is expected to continue resting in the offseason before reporting to spring training. The 23-year-old finished the season with a .295/.375/.479 triple-slash and 22 homers in 145 games despite also dealing with ankle and back injuries. A healthy Seager should be poised for another big season.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said Seager's elbow is still being monitored, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Seager has been managing elbow soreness since August. While the Dodgers are hopeful it will heal over time, they haven't ruled out the possibility of offseason surgery -- an idea that was also floated around at the beginning of September. Despite also missing time with ankle and back injuries, Seager was able to finish the season with a .295/.375/.479 line and 22 homers in 145 games.
Seager (back) is starting at shortstop and batting sixth for Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday. It appears the star shortstop is good to go for the Fall Classic after missing all of the NLCS against the Cubs with a back injury. Seager, who went 3-for-11 (.273) with two RBI and a 3:4 K:BB in the NLDS before injuring himself, should provide a big boost for the Dodgers.
Seager (back) is on the Dodgers' World Series roster, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. As expected, Seager will be active and available for the Fall Classic. It's unclear if he'll be in the starting lineup for Game 1 at this point, as the Dodgers may choose to use him as a high-leverage pinch hitter to avoid the possibility of him aggravating his back injury in the field. The 23-year-old went 3-for-11 (.273) with two RBI in the NLDS before injuring his back in Game 3 and subsequently missing the NLCS. He'll take the place of Curtis Granderson on the World Series roster.