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After limping out of the gate at 12-15, the Los Angeles Dodgers sat in fourth place in the National League West entering play Monday. Then, they learned one of their best players, shortstop Corey Seager, is lost for the season.
“Ouch” doesn’t begin to describe it.
Per David Adler of MLB.com, Seager will undergo Tommy John surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and miss the remainder of the 2018 campaign. The elbow, Adler noted, has been troubling the 24-year-old since last summer. Now, the procedure will put him on the shelf indefinitely.
It’s a seismic blow for the sport, which will be without a two-time All-Star, the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year and one of the most exciting young players in either league. Between 2016 and 2017, Seager ranked fifth in MLB with 12.9 WAR, per FanGraphs, behind only Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts.
It’s a bigger blow for the Dodgers, who must replace a key lineup cog at a premium position on the fly.
Seager summed up the sentiments of the Dodgers front office, clubhouse and the Southern California faithful, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times: “This obviously sucks.”
He added nuance, per the Orange County Register: “You always think about if the day would come. You always hope it doesn’t come. I’ve kind of accepted it now. It’s finished; it’s done with; there’s no more decisions to be made.”
Los Angeles marched to Game 7 of the World Series in 2017. It entered 2018 with its eyes squarely set on the franchise’s first title since 1988.
Is said goal achievable sans Seager