The Dodgers are going into the All-Star break with the second-best record in baseball. Despite missing stars for large portions of the year, Los Angeles found a way to win 56 games and sit right behind the Giants in the NL West.
Cody Bellinger missed a large portion of the season after getting stepped on in Oakland during the first week of games. Mookie Betts was sidelined at times with a back that gave him a hard time. Zach McKinstry was out for a while with an oblique issue and Max Muncy also missed some time with that injury.
The Dodgers have also been winning games without Corey Seager. The reigning World Series MVP has been out since May with a break in his hand, but he’s on his way back. Dave Roberts revealed on Sunday that Seager could be back very fast and that a rehab assignment might not be needed.
He’s going to head home for a couple of days, and then he is going to go to Arizona while we’re in Colorado. He’ll take at-bats, simulated games, some games that will be going on down there. And once we finish that Colorado series we’ll reassess and see where he’s at physically and make a decision then. Right now, there is no thought of a rehab assignment.
Before hitting the injured list, Seager was slashing .265/.361/.422 with 13 extra-base hits and 22 runs driven in across 37 games. He wasn’t playing his best, but he was also starting to come around with the bat before getting hurt. The Dodgers shortstop was hitting much better in the month of May before going down.
Despite his absence in the lineup, the Dodgers have won a lot of ball games. Without Seager, they went 34-18 into the All-Star break after the game that he was injured in against the Marlins. Just imagine how good they’ll be with a shortstop of his caliber back in the lineup on a daily basis.