The Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday, have “dodged a bullet.”
Star shortstop Corey Seager, who suffered a fracture in his right hand after being hit by a pitch in their game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, will not need surgery.
“He’s in a splint, and we’re just going to let it heal,” Roberts said, via ESPN. “With a broken hand, the timeline is pretty vague, so that’s where it’s at.”
Corey Seager fractures hand after hit by pitch
Seager, the reigning World Series MVP, left Saturday’s 7-0 win against the Marlins after taking a 90 mph sinker from Ross Detwiler off the hand in the fifth inning.
The team said after the game that X-rays revealed a fracture in his right hand, and confirmed later that he suffered a broken fifth metacarpal, the closest bone to his palm in his pinkie finger.
Seager was hitting .267/.355/.425 so far this season and had four home runs before Saturday’s game. The team, after a brutal stretch in which it went just 4-14, is now just one game back of the San Francisco Giants for the top spot in the NL West.
Roberts said he isn’t sure how long Seager will be out, but he thinks that the “floor” is at least four weeks.
“I don’t know,” he said, via ESPN. “You’ve just got to let it happen.”
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