His left knee already was throbbing, but
"It probably wasn't my brightest moment," Seager said Sunday.
Seager later feared he had torn his meniscus, an injury that could have required surgery and forced him to sit out a month or more, depending on the severity of the tear. Instead, an MRI examination Saturday revealed what Seager called a “mild sprain,” and the
Seager and the Dodgers are hopeful he can return by the time the season starts in three weeks.
"It's still pushing it," Manager Dave Roberts said. "I'm still optimistic."
Seager said his knee "kind of buckled under me" when he tried to stop while running the bases on Friday. He decided to take one more at-bat before the Dodgers removed him from the game, fortunately without aggravating the sprain or tearing the knee cartilage.
Hernandez was drafted as a shortstop in 2009. The
Hernandez was the Astros’ seventh pick that year. None of the other six -- Mier included -- has made the major leagues. The player the Astros drafted after Hernandez that year: Dallas Keuchel, the reigning American League
The Dodgers’ projected starting infield -- first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Howie Kendrick, third baseman
The Dodgers’ opening day shortstop -- whether Seager or Hernandez -- will be the sixth in as many years.