Dodgers News: Corey Seager exits early vs. Giants with back discomfort

Los Angeles Dodgers News Corey Seager (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers News Corey Seager (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

Dodgers News: Corey Seager is pulled out of Friday night’s game early.

The last Los Angeles Dodgers news that any fan wants to hear right now is injury news, and unfortunately, that is exactly what we got early in the Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

After what was seemingly a routine groundball to Chris Taylor, Corey Seager came up a little gingerly and was pulled out of the game and replaced with Enrique Hernandez. Initially, it was not clear what was wrong with Seager, as there was no visible limp.

Dave Roberts joined the broadcast and did not yet have the full details. Alanna Rizzo hopped on soon after and confirmed to Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser that Seager was removed from the game with low back discomfort.

This is concerning as Seager has been used as the designated hitter as of late due to a sore quad and calf. It was not deemed anything serious and was something that Dave Roberts chalked up to dehydration.

That, mixed with Seager’s injury history — particularly the quad injury that made him miss time right when he was getting hot last season — makes any injury, regardless of how small, feel like absolutely awful Dodgers news.

Corey Seager has been tearing the cover off of the ball as well.

Potentially losing Seager for some time would be a huge hit to the offense as well. Seager has not only been good this season but he has been elite. He is one of the best hitters in baseball thus far this season and has looked like his 2017 self that was a finalist for the National League MVP award.

Seager leads the league in total barrels this season with 10 and is fifth in hard-hit percentage. Seager is hitting .347 this season with a 1.008 OPS and three home runs in 49 at-bats.

It is currently unclear how long Corey Seager will be out of the lineup, if he will be at all, moving forward. With so much depth on the big league club, as well as Gavin Lux at the alternate site (who can be called up on Saturday and officially not lose a season of service time), it would not be surprising if the Dodgers err on the side of caution and hold Seager out of the lineup until he is absolutely 100 percent.

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We saw how careful the team was with Mookie Betts and the team will do the exact same thing with Seager. It is important to have Seager in the playoffs and if that means sitting him for a handful of games in August then so be it.