The prior week in MLB was about a shortstop in the National League being placed on the injured list, a starting pitcher is dealing with an elbow injury, and a veteran player signs a deal with a new team.
Los Angeles Dodgers Place Shortstop Corey Seager on Injured List with Fractured Hand
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without one of the better players on the club in shortstop Corey Seager moving forward.
Seager was hit by a pitch on his hand during Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins and suffered a fracture in his right hand, per a team announcement.
Corey Seager had x-rays tonight that revealed a fracture in his right hand.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 16, 2021
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Seager will miss at least one month with the broken bone in his hand, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.
#Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will miss at least a month with broken bone in his hand, manager Dave Roberts says.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 16, 2021
The Dodgers have dealt with numerous injuries this season that has tested the depth, but the loss of Seager is monumental.
He was having a solid year in their lineup, as indicated by a .265 batting average and .783 OPS in 37 games with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, and 22 RBIs.
A silver lining with the injury to Seager is that he does not require surgery.
He would have been out several months if needed to go under the knife.
So, hopefully within one month, Seager can return to the team.
Arizona Diamondbacks Place Starting Pitcher Zac Gallen on Injured List with Elbow Sprain
According to a team announcement, the Arizona Diamondbacks have placed starting pitcher Zac Gallen on the injured list with a right elbow sprain.
The #Dbacks have made the following moves:
-Selected RHP Seth Frankoff and recalled Andrew Young from Triple-A @Aces
-Placed Zac Gallen (sprained right elbow) and Christian Walker (right oblique soreness) on the 10-day injured list
-Designated Wyatt Mathisen for assignment
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 12, 2021
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the injury is a “minor sprain of one section of his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in his right elbow,” per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.
Torey Lovullo said that Zac Gallen has a "minor sprain of one section of his UCL in his right elbow." Plan for now is to "reassess in a couple of weeks."
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) May 12, 2021
Gallen does not expect to require surgery, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic.
Zac Gallen: "From my understanding, it sounds like surgery won't be needed."
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) May 12, 2021
The terms elbow injury and sprained UCL usually are not good regarding pitchers, so hopefully, Gallen will return to the mound in a couple of weeks.
The right-handed pitcher had a solid 2021 campaign before being placed on the injured list.
He posted a 3.04 ERA in 26 2/3 innings pitched (five starts) with 32 strikeouts, 14 walks allowed, one home run surrendered, a 138 ERA+, and 3.01 FIP.
The Diamondbacks have had a plethora of injuries to players this season, and the loss of Gallen is significant for the starting rotation.
Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Veteran Albert Pujols to One-Year Deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran Albert Pujols, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.
The contract is not expected to be official until today.
The deal isn't expected to be official until Monday, per source.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 15, 2021
The Los Angeles Angels released Pujols after they designated him for assignment.
The future MLB Hall of Famer struggled with the Angels in 2021, as he posted a .198 batting average and .622 OPS in 24 games with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
The Angels will pay the remaining $30-million salary for Pujols in 2021, while the Dodgers will owe him a prorated portion of the $570,050 league minimum, per David O’Brien of The Athletic.
The Dodgers owe only prorated portion of MLB minimum $570,050 salary, while the Angels are paying the rest of Pujols' $30M salary this season. For him to play for the big-brother Dodgers. https://t.co/hyMQtBdzHn
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) May 15, 2021
Pujols accepted the idea of having a limited role with the Dodgers after both sides had discussions about it, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Pujols and the Dodgers are said to have had very open and honest conversations in which they explained a very limited role, and he’s said to be all in. So for the most part, consider him a pinch hitter extraordinaire.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 15, 2021
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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