Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager suffered a fracture when he was hit in the right hand by a straight up and into Miami Marlins pitcher Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to the media moments before the team announced the diagnosis and did not elaborate, only saying that Seager’s hand was swollen and that he still had “some pain” after the win. of the Dodgers 7-0.
Seager was hit on the back of his right hand as he was about to swing 90 mph from Detwiler. He was in noticeable pain and left the game shortly after Roberts and one of the Dodgers’ coaches looked at him.
Seager will be placed on the disabled list Sunday, and the team will likely call in another infielder to replace him. Previously, the Dodgers acquired veteran infielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays. But Roberts said Tsutsugo, who plays mainly in the corners of the box, will not be available to join the team at the moment.
Seager joins a growing list of key Dodgers players on the shelf, along with center fielder Cody Bellinger, left fielder AJ Pollock, starting pitcher Dustin May and relievers Corey Knebel, David Price and Brusdar Graterol.
The Dodgers will likely play Gavin Lux at shortstop in Seager’s absence, but his void at No. 2 in the lineup, between Mookie Betts and Justin Turner, will be very difficult to replace.
Seager, a free agent at the end of the season, returned to his best form in 2020, hitting .307 / .358 / .585 with 28 extra-base hits in 52 regular-season games, and then won MVP honors after each of the last two postseason rounds. His batting line was .265 / .361 / .422 in 169 plate appearances this season.