Corey Seager is the Dodgers’ prized possession and getting him back into action and ready for the regular season has been the moment everyone has been waiting for.
The process of getting him back into action, however, was slowed down a bit and to the delight of just about everyone, it had nothing to do with his arm.
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Seager came down with flu-like symptoms a few days ago and has not been in camp as a result.
The 23-year-old shortstop has been taking swings already and has thrown from distances of up to 120 feet.
The young superstar has been waiting to return to action and, unless something else comes up before then, he will do that tomorrow.
Seager’s return feels paramount on a Clayton Kershaw level. If he is not ready for the start of the regular season, the roster stretching the Dodgers will need to do is uncomfortable. The middle of the infield would be a two position platoon with the reps going to Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor as the did for a while last year.
If Seager is not ready for the start of the year, it is not bad enough that there needs to be a rush. Seager’s longterm health is obviously the priority but getting him back sooner rather than later allows for the team to use Hernandez and Taylor as second baseman and outfielders rather than covering all three holes.
The illness is not a big deal. His return from the elbow surgery is.
Leaving the unhealthy behind, the Dodgers take on the Royals tonight at 6:05 p.m. PST. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the game for LA with Stetson Allie, Dennis Santana and Kevin Quakenbush lined up to follow him.