The biggest and scariest disappointment for the Dodgers is Corey Seager’s back injury. From the start, Dave Roberts has insisted it’s nothing serious, yet Seager still hasn’t played in a game since March 3rd. I’m sure they are just taking precautions as the season approaches, but as a diehard Dodger fan, this doesn’t make me feel any better.
The Dodgers had the most injuries in baseball last season so this a feeling we all know too well. Roberts is possibly thinking about holding Seager back in Arizona while the team heads off to Anaheim to face the Angels in the Freeway Series. Seager was quoted saying “It might be a day or two. It’s not serious, it’s not outrageous, it’s just March, it’s early. It will be a day-by-day kind of thing. We don’t want it to linger.” in an article on MLB.com by Ken Gurnick.
Every Dodger fan is hoping this is something minor and that Roberts is just doing everything he can to make sure this doesn’t linger its way into the regular season. Starting the season with someone like Seager hurt would certainly throw things off course at the beginning. He is the Dodgers’ best position player and best player after ace Clayton Kershaw.
In order for the offense to improve, Seager needs to be in the lineup from the start. He did miss two weeks with a bad knee last spring but was able to come back healthy, and we all know what happened after that. We will just have to trust Roberts and see where Seager is on Monday.