The Dodgers dropped the series opener against the Phillies with a final score of 4-3. The offense was fairly quiet, despite hitting three home runs off the bats of Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, and Curtis Granderson. It also didn’t help that Corey Seager had a scheduled day off.
Dave Roberts told Reporters that Seager will not be throwing at 100% for the rest of the season and that the staff is “on top of it.”
Corey Seager is not throwing at 100 percent, and he won’t for the rest of the season, Dave Roberts said. It’s a problem they have to manage.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) September 18, 2017
Medical staff tells him Seager's arm "is playable. Our staff is on top of it."
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 18, 2017
When the Dodgers were resting Seager, he didn’t make a start from August 29th to September 7th. Los Angeles won just one game during that stretch, showing just how valuable his presence in the lineup is.
It is definitely concerning that Corey Seager is going to play with an elbow that isn’t at 100%, but it doesn’t seem like there is any other option. Seager is hitting .303, with 20 home runs and 32 doubles this year. Taking that bat out of the lineup would be detrimental to the Dodgers’ postseason run. On top of that he plays a premium position at shortstop, and he plays it well. What is also reassuring is the fact that the medical staff says that his arm is playable, which hopefully means that playing will not cause any long-term damage.
Something that should also be noted is that Corey Seager’s batting statistics have seen a drop since returning to the starting lineup. In 41 at-bats this month, Seager has a slash line of .220/.283/.341 and one home run; however, that one home run was an absolute shot to center field!
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