Perhaps the biggest storyline this season is one that tracks back to the beginning of the 2018 campaign: Corey Seager is nearing full health thus, he is almost ready to return the lineup.
Dave Roberts shared on Tuesday morning that Seager is “tracking” to be ready for Opening Day and added that he has progressed well through his Tommy John and hip surgery recovery.
Roberts did, however, add that Seager would not yet be ready to join the major league team in full force spring workouts. He shared that the plan was for Seager to start on the back fields at Camelback Ranch where he would take part in workouts catered towards his recovery. He also said that Seager would need 50 to 60 at-bats before being able to play in a game.
Regardless of pace, this is great news. Seager is a key to the Dodgers success and his absence was noticeably felt from the day he hit the shelf in 2018. His return, whenever it may be, will certainly be welcomed.
But, there is more to this. Seager’s return to the big league diamond cannot, under any circumstance, be rushed. The Dodgers’ decision to put him on the backfields to start camp shows that they are in that mindset but it still bears repeating.
Seager is coming off of a serious injury and surgery. Getting him back to playing speed will need to happen at his own pace and should that happen the Dodgers have a lot to look forward to in 2019.