Texas Seager, Last Year’s World Series MVP, Sports Hernia Surgery
Infielder Corey Seager, who led the Texas Rangers to the championship in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series last year, underwent a sports hernia surgery.
MLB, the official website of the U.S. Major League Baseball, reported the news of Seager’s sports hernia surgery on the 31st. Sports hernia occurs when thin muscles or ligaments in the inguinal region are twisted or torn or destroyed by repeated movements. It is not difficult in everyday life, but athletes may have difficulty in demonstrating their normal performance.
Seager focused on recovery this winter after suffering an injury while playing the postseason last year, but had to undergo surgery. Practically speaking, it is not easy for him to play in the spring camp in his current physical condition.
However, the Texas club expects Seager to play in the opening game. “Seager is unlikely to play in most of the spring camp practice games, but there are possibilities that he will play in the opening game,” Texas general manager Chris Young said. “We had two options. One was to continue managing his condition so that it would not deteriorate, and the other was to fix it now. Seager decided to resolve the issue with medical staff right away.”
“Considering the surgery itself and how Seager has shown us, we are not too concerned (about having the surgery),” he said. He has returned after the surgery. “I don’t want to ask him to come back in time for the opening game. Seager is a really important player for our team and our franchise,” he said, praying for Seager’s recovery.
Texas needs to find an alternative if Seager’s recovery is slow. However, it is not a big concern. Texas believes that it can fill Seager’s void with players inside the team. MLB explained that if Seager is not allowed to play in the opening game, Ezekiel Duran and Josh Smith could play as shortstop.
Seager, who made his big league debut as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, served as a pillar of the Dodgers’ infield until 2021. He is one of the players who is well known to Korean fans while sharing a room with Korean Monster Ryu Hyun-jin.
Seager, who was recognized for both his offensive and defensive abilities, left the Dodgers and took on a new challenge. He wore a Texas uniform for 10 years and $325 million ahead of the 2022 season. Expectations and concerns about the size of the big contract coexisted, and Seager proved his worth in just two seasons.
He recorded a batting average of 0.245 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs and 91 runs scored by OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.772 in 151 games in 2022, and maintained his upward trend with 156 hits in 477 games with a batting average of 0.327 with 33 homers and 96 RBIs and 88 runs scored by OPS 1.013. During his two years playing for Texas, he also enjoyed the joy of being selected as an All-Star.
The 2023 Major League postseason was nothing short of a stage for Seager. Seager had multiple hits and RBIs in two consecutive American League Wild Card Series games against the Tampa Bay Rays, and displayed an upward trajectory in the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Seager contributed significantly to his team’s advance to the World Series by making three hits including a home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, which was one of the most difficult games for the Texas Rangers. He also took a hard hit in the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving his team the first World Series championship trophy. Seager posted a batting average of 0.318 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 17 games last year.
Seager also ranked second to Shohei Ohtani (then LA Angels, current Dodgers) in the postseason American League MVP vote and ended the season in a good mood by winning Silver Slugger in the American League shortstop category.
As there are still eight years left on his contract, Seager is showing his willingness to continue his career. Attention is focusing on whether Seager, who chose surgery to prepare for the season in a more perfect physical condition, will play in the 2024 season. 안전놀이터