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Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss rest of season

Seager, a 24-year-old, two-time All Star, was placed on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery involves replacing the injured ligament.

Seager suffered from elbow discomfort throughout the second half of 2017, however the team’s medical staff advised against Seager undergoing surgery this past winter.

This would qualify as a big, big, big, big deal.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:07 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: corey seager, dodgers, trouble in river city

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:33 PM (#5663280)
Bummer. Now, what's the asking price for the final few months of Machado's pre-FA career?

Other options once their teams give up: Hechevarria (TB), Escobar (MN), Galvis (SD), Rojas (Mia). None of those are particularly attractive options. I'm assuming the Dodgers don't really have somebody sitting at AAA.

Other options are to get a CF (or deal with Pederson) and put Taylor at SS.

By the way, in what I assume is a mostly platoon role, Utley is tearing it up.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 30, 2018 at 09:39 PM (#5663290)
Looks like the Dodgers may need to make a trade here, a good one, not a great one. The kind virtually every GM could make. And would make, if they lost a key player and knew that a losing team off to a terrible start might soon make an All-Star about-to-be free agent at the same position available. I see nothing remarkable about such a trade.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:08 PM (#5663336)
Shut down the thread, that’s a win for Clapper.
   4. spanx for the memories Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:11 PM (#5663340)
Marcus Semien will probably be available once Barreto is ready.
   5. homerwannabee Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:16 PM (#5663347)
I was thinking, has there ever been a first baseman or DH whose had Tommy John surgery?
Those are the two positions where you don't need a strong throwing arm.
   6. A Baseball Fan Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:24 PM (#5663353)

I was thinking, has there ever been a first baseman or DH whose had Tommy John surgery?

Greg Colburnn. Erubial Durazo.
   7. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 30, 2018 at 10:54 PM (#5663383)
The dodgers could be in trouble. If the score tonight holds up, they'll be 8 back. Not impossible, but hard with so many health issues.

The dodgers also capped themselves under the tax. They may have to pay it if they want Machado, on top of whatever prospects it costs (I'm guessing he won't be traded cause no way he'll get that much in return).
   8. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:06 PM (#5663391)
To mimic Walt. Bummer.

I don't like seeing fun players go down with injury, no matter the team.

however the team’s medical staff advised against Seager undergoing surgery this past winter.

   9. Bhaakon Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:22 PM (#5663397)

A quick scan suggests that position player return ~12 months after going under the knife, and often as little as 8. The risk of losing Seager for a month or so at the start of next season vs. the certainty of him missing 2018 is hard to judge. How well position players recover, I have no idea.

One would like to think that the doctors' opinions are based purely on medical reasons rather than that kind of calculus, obviously.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:26 PM (#5663400)
I'd love to see the Rockies make Trevor Story available, and just give his job to Brendan Rodgers.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:46 PM (#5663407)
I considered but rejected Semien (for now) since he's having a nice year, still cheap and far from FA and the A's are 500. If they promote Barreto, I was just assuming they'd move Semien ... but everybody on the A's is having a nice season so far. So they probably would be willing to move him in a solid deal.

I hadn't thought about Rodgers. Story's also hitting nicely, even less service time than Semien and the Rox are also at 500. The Rox currently have so many holes in the lineup, Story would likely move somewhere. But sure, in the right deal.

NL Wild Card is promising to be a mess this year and especially if the Dodgers are going to struggle a bit, I can see both WCs being pretty mediocre 87-88 win teams. (or higher win totals thanks to Cincy et al but just as mediocre). The Rox actually have the 4th-worst run differential and are 3 games over their pythag but I can see them still being in the race at least to the deadline. The AL ... well, it depends on whether Toronto keeps playing solidly -- currently 4 teams with really good run differentials, 5 teams with disastrous ones and 6 teams around zero.

By the way, early but the NL leads interleague 20-12. I assume that means Cincy et al haven't played the AL yet.
   12. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: April 30, 2018 at 11:52 PM (#5663409)
HEY NOW! The Reds just won 2 of 3 in Minnesota
   13. asinwreck Posted: May 01, 2018 at 12:16 AM (#5663414)
Mulholland would call LA River City.
   14. bfan Posted: May 01, 2018 at 07:44 AM (#5663447)
The Braves have warmed up Joey Bats for an MLB return, if the dodgers are interested. The dodgers GM needs to do the Braves a solid, after the Braves were kind enough to take Hector Oliva off of their hands (who also should be available somewhere, if the dodgers are so inclined).
   15. McCoy Posted: May 01, 2018 at 08:24 AM (#5663461)
I had no idea Matt Kemp is only 33 years old. He's been an "old man" for at least half a decade now. When I saw that he was having a good start I thought good for him. One last good season before he retires.
   16. DCA Posted: May 01, 2018 at 01:18 PM (#5663709)
I would assume that any trade for Machado would include Matt Kemp + a bunch of prospects. O's have needs everywhere.
   17. puck Posted: May 01, 2018 at 07:32 PM (#5663977)
I'd love to see the Rockies make Trevor Story available, and just give his job to Brendan Rodgers.

That would be a very un-Rockies-like move. Though I guess they did trade Seth Smith and Corey Dickerson for pitching. OTOH, maybe they'll option Story to AAA and replace him with some AAA fodder like Daniel Castro. (Castro just replaced McMahon on the roster.)

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