Injury Update: Corey Seager to Undergo Left Hip Surgery


Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ starting shortstop prior to his season-ending elbow injury, is set to travel to New York this Tuesday to have arthroscopic surgery done on his left hip. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly, a top-level surgeon at the HSS in New York City.

At age 24, Seager has played great baseball while kept on the field. When it was announced on May 1st that Corey Seager would have to undergo Tommy John surgery that would ultimately keep him out for the entire 2018 season, a number of fans and analysts believed it would be the downfall of the Dodgers, who have won the National League West division title each of the past five seasons. However, with the acquisitions of Brian Dozier and Manny Machado, the current team is in no rush to see Seager return for any portion of the remainder of the 2018.

Reports from multiple sources within the Dodgers organization say that Corey Seager’s recovery time for the upcoming hip surgery should almost coalign with the recovery time of his elbow surgery. Seager is likely to begin baseball activities this January, lining him up just right to potentially make a handful of starts during 2019 Spring Training.

Speculation of this surgery points to a issue with tightness and soreness in Seager’s hip flexor, which kept him out of a few games prior to the elbow injury that ended Seager’s 2018 campaign. There is no confirmation that this surgery is looking to remedy this problem, but signs point toward it.

Corey Seager is a career .302 hitter to average, and carries an OPS of .866 in his four Major League seasons as a Los Angeles Dodger. Seager won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2016, along with finishing third in the same year’s vote for Most Valuable Player among National Leaguers.


Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.