On Saturday, they lost him, at least for a chunk of the Cactus League schedule. Seager will sit out one to two weeks because of a sprained left knee.
The season opens in three weeks, and Manager
Seager, a shortstop ranked as the top prospect in baseball, suffered the injury while running the bases Friday. The Dodgers exhaled Saturday after an MRI examination revealed no tears in the knee.
Roberts did not dispute the notion that the Dodgers did not have much depth at shortstop beyond Seager.
"That's fair," Roberts said.
The backup is
Culberson has not played 50 games at shortstop in any professional season since 2008. Hernandez never has.
"I feel good about our depth relative to the industry," said
The Dodgers have used their player payroll — the highest in the game — to amass significant depth at pitcher, second base, third base and the outfield.
"There's a dearth of really good, quality shortstops," Friedman said, "It's the same with catcher and center field."
Would the Dodgers have to pursue a trade for a shortstop if Seager were to have to miss a considerable chunk of the regular season?
"We don't have to answer that question," Friedman said. "We're in a good position with Corey right now."