Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will miss the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the team announced today.
He has some excellent company on the disabled list, joining a solid crew of teammates that currently includes Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Logan Forsythe, Rich Hill and Julio Urias. Hampered by those injuries, the team has gotten off to a 12-15 start—and losing Seager, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, is the most serious blow yet. The Dodgers don’t have great depth at short to replace him; utility man Enrique Hernandez can work there, and they’ve called up non-prospect rookie Breyvic Valera as another option, but neither of those choices feels particularly heartwarming when the goal is to replace a guy who’s earned MVP votes in each of his two major-league seasons so far. Any legitimate long-term solution will have to come from outside the organization.
Please do, however, applaud the way that the team shared all this: by putting it at the end of a tweet that led with the Valera call-up, moved on to the current DL stint, and then hit poor fans with the disastrous news.