Corey Seager still ‘searching’ for his post-surgery swing

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Corey Seager has not been himself this year. That much is obvious.Since he made his big league debut in September 2015, Seager’s offensive production has been remarkably steady. Before hip and elbow surgeries last year, he had only one calendar month during which he hit less than .250 — the last month of 2017 when he was dealing with elbow and back woes (that would keep him off the Dodgers’ roster for the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs).But he finished April this year batting .236 and will take a .223 average and .656 OPS into Sunday’s game with just three hits in his past 35 plate appearances and no home runs since April 12.“I’m searching a little bit. Trying to figure it out a little bit,” Seager acknowledged. “But not far. Just missing a few little things. “There’s a few things that are off, that I’m trying to work through, just trying to figure it out.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts categorized Seager as a hitter who is “mechanics driven.” That it would take time for Seager to rediscover those mechanics after missing most of the 2018 season is not surprising.“I think that’s fair. Yeah, I do. I think that’s completely fair,” Roberts said. “You’re taking at-bats in spring training but there’s a different intensity. And with Corey, his body, the levers, the hips, the elbow — everything has changed with surgery. So now you’ve got the body composition, the timing, the mechanics all of that stuff — you look at the player and you just expect him to roll out big numbers. But it’s just not that easy.”Seager admitted early in the season that there were parts of his game-day routine that he had forgotten because he had been out for so long — “There are things in my routine where I say, “I can’t believe I forgot to do that,’” he said. But Seager is not willing to point to last season’s hip and elbow surgeries as the reason for his slow start.“I don’t want to blame it on that,” he said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “You obviously knew you were going to need some ABs. The amount, I don’t know. There was always going to be an adjustment when you haven’t played in a long time. It’s been a really long time since you played every day, been a long time since you faced this kind of pitching. Yeah, you knew it was going to take some time.”Roberts knew too and said he would have predicted 100 to 150 plate appearances would be required before Seager felt like himself again at the plate. After Saturday’s 1-for-5 night, he has 139 plate appearances post-surgery.“You don’t want to be,” Seager said when asked if he was worried by his current slump. “That’s not how you’re wired. You’re wired to expect to fix it. It’s frustrating, yeah, but not worried.”POP OUTPlaying first base Friday night, Cody Bellinger made a diving attempt on Eric Hosmer’s fourth-inning single through the right side of the infield. Bellinger landed hard on his right shoulder and was in obvious pain for a few moments.Related Articlescenter_img After the game, Bellinger said his right shoulder “popped out.” After manipulating his right arm, the should popped back in. Bellinger said it has happened before including once last year. But Roberts kept him out of the lineup Saturday due to residual soreness from the injury.“He was a little disappointed he wasn’t in there tonight. But I think the best thing is to give him an extra day,” Roberts said.“It happened to him last year. As I recall, speaking with our trainers, it happened a few years ago. But this wasn’t as severe as last year and I really can’t recall if he missed time last year because of it. I do know he’s on this shoulder-strengthening program which if he hadn’t been on I’d hate to have seen what would have happened. But I like to think we have it under control.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani has been assigned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment. Cingrani has not pitched this season due to a recurring shoulder problem that flared up during spring training. The same issue sidelined him for most of the second half last season. Cingrani was scheduled to pitch in relief for the Quakes Saturday night. …Left-hander Caleb Ferguson threw on flat ground Saturday. Roberts said Ferguson will likely throw to hitters in a simulated-game setting Tuesday before the game at Dodger Stadium. Ferguson is on the Injured List with a minor oblique strain.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 3-2, 4.41 ERA) at Padres (LHP Nick Margevicius, 2-3, 3.23 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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Number of Laid-Off Workers Seeking Jobless Aid Stuck at 1.3M

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, an historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as the viral outbreak intensifies.The elevated level of applications for jobless aid is occurring as new confirmed cases of coronavirus are spiking across much of the Sunbelt, threatening to weaken the economic recovery. Case counts are rising in 40 states and 22 states have either paused or reversed their efforts to reopen their economies, according to Bank of America.Rising infections paralleled rising applications for aid in some states getting hit right now, and fell in states with declining infections. In Florida claims doubled to 129,000, and in Georgia they rose nearly one-third to 136,000, according to the Labor Department’s Thursday report. In California they increased 23,000 to nearly 288,000. Applications also rose in Arizona and South Carolina.Applications fell in Texas, which has seen infections spike, and in New Jersey and New York, where the virus is mostly under control.“Conditions in the labor market remain weak and the risk of mounting permanent job losses is high, especially If activity continues to be disrupted by repeated virus-related shutdowns,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.A separate government report showed that retail sales jumped 7.5% in June, a healthy gain that suggested the economy was healing just before the viral resurgence has weighed on hopes for a steady recovery.The Census Bureau reported Thursday that retail sales are 1.1% higher than their levels from a year ago, after a brutal plunge in March and April was offset by a decent rebound in May and June.While applications for jobless aid fell by about 10,000 from the previous week, the figure has now topped 1 million for 17 straight weeks. The record high for weekly unemployment applications before the pandemic, was nearly 700,000.Those figures are adjusted for seasonal variations, a practice intended to filter out trends that don’t reflect on the economy, such as the firing of seasonal workers after the winter holidays. Yet the impact of the coronavirus has made such adjustments less relevant, economists say, because claims are so far above normal levels.Before seasonal adjustment, applications actually rose 100,000 to 1.5 million, a sign that layoffs are worsening.The total number of people who are receiving jobless benefits dropped 400,000 to 17.3 million, the government said. That suggests that some companies are continuing to rehire workers, which could offset some of the job losses reflected in the still-high level of claims.An additional 928,000 people sought benefits last week under a separate program for self-employed and gig workers that has made them eligible for aid for the first time. These figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the government doesn’t include them in the official count.The economic recovery is also threatened by the pending expiration of many government support programs that have shored up household and business finances.The government’s small business loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, will finish taking applications Aug. 8. More than $500 billion has already been lent and more than half of small companies that got loans say they have spent all the money, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Nearly one-quarter say they have or expect they will lay off workers once the funds run out.And an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government on top of regular aid from the states is set to expire this month. Those funds, along with the $1,200 relief checks sent out in April, enabled millions of Americans to stay current on housing costs and bills.Meghan McGowan, 30, lost two jobs when the pandemic intensified in mid-March, one as a full-time librarian in Detroit and a second as a substitute at a different library system to help bring in some extra cash.She is currently making more from unemployment than she earned at her previous jobs, but is prepared to return to work even though she worries about the health risks. Detroit is a viral hot spot.The looming expiration of the $600 is nerve-wracking for her because the hiatus on her student loans will end this fall and she has an auto insurance bill due.“Before when I was working through grad school I worked in restaurants so that had always been my backup plan, but that’s not an option now,” she said.Companies continue to lay off people. American Airlines warned its workers Wednesday that it may have to cut up to 25,000 jobs in October because of sharply reduced air travel. Airlines are barred from layoffs until then as a condition of federal aid they have received. United Airlines has already told 36,000 workers they may lose their jobs.Air traffic began to slowly rebound in mid-April, but like other parts of the economy, the improvement plateaued in July as the viral outbreak worsens.last_img read more

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So You Think That Phone Screen Went Well

first_imgYou might want to think again.Normally you can tell based on the overall tone of the interviewer, obviously there are exceptions to every scenario. However, here are three questions to ask yourself that should help you get some idea as to how well that phone screen really went.1) Did we use up the allotted time? If you really did spend the full 30 minutes for the planned half-hour phone screen, then that’s not a bad sign. If you went over, that’s even better. However, if it got cut short and you’re left with 10 or 15 minutes to spare, I wouldn’t pop the champagne quite yet. Chances are you didn’t impress the interviewer who figured he/she could make better use of that time rather than spend it with the unqualified likes of you!2) Were you asked about your next availability? Hurrah if so! Whether it’s another phone screen or an onsite interview, that doesn’t matter. Clearly, the interviewer already has the wheels in motion and plans on putting you through to the next round. He/she wants to see how soon that can be done, depending on the next interviewer’s schedule.3) Did the conversation quickly go to compensation? If after being asked only 2-3 questions, the interviewer has already shifted the discussion toward compensation and what you’re currently earning, don’t assume that it’s because he/she wants to see if they can eventually tee up an offer for you. Don’t you find it strange that the limited time isn’t being used more wisely to learn more about your experience and background?The situation could very well be that the interviewer has considered this phone screen a wash and is using you for “market research” to see what the industry is paying. This is especially useful in understanding what the right profile and poor fit candidates are earning, mainly for comparative purposes.As mentioned earlier, everything varies case by case so do not use these tips as your phone screen Bible! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ping me and ask!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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