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

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