Dodgers suffer tough blow as Seager ruled out for season

Shortstop Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out for the season -- a crushing blow for last year's World Series runners-up

Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager will miss the remainder of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery on an injured elbow, the club said Monday.

The 24-year-old shortstop is to face Tommy John surgery after suffering ligament damage to his right elbow.

Seager, the 2016 rookie of the year and a two-time All-Star, has batted .267 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 26 games this season.

He struck a two-run home run in the Dodgers’ victory over National League West rivals San Francisco on Saturday.

A key member of the Dodgers batting line-up, Seager’s injury comes as last season’s World Series runners-up have made a stuttering start to the season.

With key third baseman Justin Turner also injured, the Dodgers have stumbled to a 12-15 record, leaving them fourth in the division standings, seven games adrift of the leading Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers have recalled Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City following confirmation of Seager’s season KO.