MRI results revealed Sunday that shortstop Corey Seager has a sprained left knee and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, the Dodgers announced.
UPDATE: After Saturday night's game, manager Dave Roberts clarified that the 1-2 weeks for Seager was with no baseball activity, so his recovery would take longer, perhaps putting opening day in question.
Dave Roberts said Corey Seager would need 1-2 weeks to rest his knee, then get his body in playing shape for games. DL not ruled out.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 13, 2016
If Seager needs 2 weeks to rest sprained knee, could he be ready in 1 week for Opening Day? "That's pushing it," Roberts said. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 13, 2016
Seager suffered the injury on Friday afternoon against the Angels and left after just three innings, replaced at shortstop by Charlie Culberson. Seager felt the injury running the bases.
"It's nothing long term," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters on Sunday, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "As soon as he's asymptomatic, he'll be back. A week or two. There's no tear, there's no surgery, nothing more than treating and waiting until he's asymptomatic and getting him back on the field. He was still feeling sore, but after we checked we're confident it's nothing that will linger long term."
Seager, who turns 22 in April, not only is the consensus top prospect in baseball and the Dodgers' everyday shortstop, but the leading Rookie of the Year candidate in the National League figures to hit either in the middle or near the top of the Dodgers' lineup.
Seager also happens to play the one position at which the very deep Dodgers don't have much depth. To say the Dodgers need Seager is an understatement.
The current depth chart at shortstop after Seager is Kiké Hernandez, then likely non-roster infielder Culberson next, followed by fellow non-roster invitees Brandon Hicks and maybe Elian Herrera.
Entering Saturday, Seager has played the most innings at shortstop in Cactus League games this spring, with 25, followed by 23 innings for Culberson, 22 for Hernandez and 11 for Hicks. Culberson and Hernandez are starting at shortstop for the Dodgers on Saturday night in split squad games against the Cubs and Mariners, respectively.
Seager was 3-for-13 (.231) with a double in five Cactus League games this season.