Los Angeles Dodgers star shortstop, Corey Seager, lower back injury is now being considered to be more “oblique-ish,” according to manager Dave Roberts. Seager has missed the last several games due to the injury, but he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he was “not at all” worried about missing Opening Day.
The Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh believes the young shortstop will be out two to four weeks. This may cause him to miss time in the beginning of the season if he makes it back in back end of that timetable.
However, Seager missed the last 19 games of last year’s Cactus League schedule and lead the Dodger in games played in 2016. But keep in mind that he is only 22 years old and may heal quickly. His confidence level to return for Opening Day can only help the chances that he will.
Seager was unanimously voted as the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year after hitting 26 home runs and batting .308. He has become a central part of the Dodgers offense.
Nonetheless, the Dodgers will need to prepare for the possibility that they may not have their starting shortstop to start the season.
26-year-old Chris Taylor is behind Seager on the depth chart, according to the Dodgers official website. Taylor played nearly three seasons with the Seattle Mariners before being traded in the middle of the season. However, he has yet to see regular playing time at the major league level.
He has had only 291 at-bats since he debuted in 2014. He has a lifetime batting average of .234 and has hit just one home run. He will not be worth any consideration for fantasy owners, especially when his extended playing time will likely be for a short period of time.
It will be important to keep in mind that oblique injuries do have a tendency to nag players even after they return. Regardless of the injury, Seager is young and will likely return sooner rather than later. If you draft him, just be prepared for the possibility of him starting the season by missing a couple games.