Just a couple of short weeks ago, Corey Seager was on a mission to return from a broken finger faster than expected. He recently took live batting practice with the Dodgers in Arizona and was set to start a rehab assignment soon after that.
However, his body had other plans for him as he suffered a setback in his recovery this past week. Of course with any setback comes the possibility of pushing back a return to the lineup.
Dave Roberts spoke about how the eventual free-agent shortstop is responding since the recent setback and if he has an idea when he’ll return.
You know, he’s just kind of going through the progression. His body looks amazing. He’s moving around really well. The arm – catching the baseball – now it’s just getting this thing to heal up so he can, you know not have any soreness swinging the bat. Hopefully with the way he is we can get him back with us as soon as possible. Right now I just don’t have a timeline and I mean I just want to see him take some live at bats first.
Dave did also mention that the team has “cut back on the volume” of his workload to help him deal with any lingering soreness from baseball activities. Still, it seems Seager is responding pretty well though at a slower pace than before.
With the team still holding their own and the midpoint of the season rapidly approaching, it’s understandable if the team wants to make sure Seager fully recovers. It does make one wonder if the team is planning on him returning then. Well, Roberts also touched upon that as a possible outcome.
I think anything is possible with this. Our hope was early July. I thinkCorey would have said the same thing and now as each day passes, obviously it’s taking a little bit longer, so i just don’t know when that could be. Your question of the All-Star break, it’s certainly a possibility.
With the Dodgers still in a fight for the division and the second half of the season on the horizon, Seager‘s health should be the main priority. They’ll need the former World Series MVP’s bat to help spark an inconsistent offense for the postseason run.