SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve Gardner breaks down which groups are on fireplace and which groups are underperforming.
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A disappointing season simply went from unhealthy to worse for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
All-Star shortstop Corey Seager, who battled an elbow injury ultimate yr and was once off to a sluggish get started in 2018, will want season-ending surgical operation.
The Dodgers introduced Monday that Seager has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow that can require Tommy John surgical operation.
Seager, the 2016 National League rookie of the yr, was once hitting .267 with two homers and 13 RBI in his first 26 video games.
Elbow problems and a again injury slowed him on the finish of the 2017 season and into the playoffs, however the staff determined he did not want surgical operation over the offseason.
That resolution now appears to be a deficient one.
Seager’s paintings ethic might also had been a contributing issue. A Los Angeles Times tale this spring described the staff’s efforts to keep him from spending extra hours in the batting cage — as a result of some staff officers felt his task contributed to the irritation that plagued Seager over the second one part of ultimate season.
With Seager out, the Dodgers will most likely flip to middle fielder Chris Taylor or utilityman Kike Hernandez to take over at quick. They also known as up infielder Breyvic Valera from the minors to take Seager’s spot at the roster, however he’s going to be utilized in a backup function.
The Dodgers do have some organizational intensity within the outfield, which may allow you to transfer Taylor to shortstop regularly. The membership just lately promoted 21-yer-old outfield prospect Alex Verdugo, who hit .314 ultimate season at Class AAA Oklahoma City. They even have Andrew Toles, 25, due backpedal the disabled record quickly.
One different conceivable answer is taking a look out of doors the group to switch Seager. The Dodgers have been amongst a number of groups this offseason to precise an passion in Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, who shall be a loose agent on the finish of this season.
However, the cost tag — in relation to potentialities and wage — could be steep.
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