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A potential target return date for Corey Seager

Saturday marks 8 weeks since a pitch broke Seager’s hand

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Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager resumed swinging a bat during the road trip as he makes his way back from a broken bone in his right hand. For now, the plan remains the same, including more batting practice this weekend, but manager Dave Roberts mentioned a target date on Friday.

“Right now, he’s still just taking swings. Batting practice, grounders, doing everything he can,” Roberts said. “Our expectation is still for him to be back in that Giants series.”

The Dodgers resume play after the All-Star break at Coors Field in Colorado next weekend before returning home to host the Giants at Dodger Stadium from July 19-22.

This Saturday marks eight weeks since Seager was hit by a pitch on the right hand against the Marlins. Considering how long he’s been out, it’s reasonable to assume he would need some sort of rehab assignment before he is activated. That means Seager could play for a minor league affiliate by the middle of next week.

If the timetable is a little longer than that, the Dodgers also play the Giants for three games in San Francisco on July 27-29, so Roberts could still technically be right even if Seager takes an extra week.