Earlier this week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had some great news regarding injured shortstop Corey Seager. Of course, Seager has been out since mid-May with a fractured finger on his right hand suffered on a hit by pitch against the Marlins.
Initially, Roberts said “the floor” would be 4 weeks in terms of how long Corey would be sidelined. Now, approaching four weeks later, things are moving quickly for the 27-year-old.
Corey Seager has started taking two-handed swings hitting tennis balls, Dave Roberts said. Could ramp up to hitting baseballs soon. https://t.co/jiylB2BHsf
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Ahead of Friday night’s game, Doc said that Seager had progressed to two-handed swings, hitting tennis balls for now.
I would assume here in the next couple of days, we’ll ramp up to (hitting) a major league baseball.
Once Seager progresses to hitting a real baseball, both in soft toss and in live batting practice, he’ll move on to a minor league rehab assignment. According to Dave Roberts, that could be in the window of the next two weeks. He expects the assignment to last about 7 games, but the Dodgers have fast-tracked their injured players on rehab assignments often this season, so take that with a grain of salt.
Seager has been able to run, throw, field and do just about every baseball activity since his injury — everything but swing a bat with both hands. For what it’s worth, Corey has said that he doesn’t expect his rehab assignment to drag on, it would be more about piling up at-bats more than building his stamina.