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MLB Star SS To Miss Season With Tommy John Surgery

An empty Dodger Stadium before a game.

One of the brightest young stars in MLB will miss the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery. He is a position player and not a pitcher.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has a right ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain, according to the team. He'll have surgery and will be out all of 2018.

Seager, who topped 20 home runs and 70 RBI in each of the last two seasons, was hitting .267 with two home runs and 13 RBI this season.

Just 24 years old, Seager was considered one of the linchpins of the Dodgers' lineup. Now, he'll miss the rest of the season.

Obviously, this is awful news for the Dodgers, who are having a disappointing season. Los Angeles is just 12-15.

Not a good start for the defending NL champs, and things just got worse.

On another note, would Seager's injury make Los Angeles bigger players for coveted free agent Manny Machado this off-season. It depends on how long it will take Seager to recover and if the Dodgers would be comfortable having Machado play shortstop.

Of course, Los Angeles could simply elect to trade for Machado later this summer as a rental piece for the rest of 2018 if they are in a playoff race. Baltimore would be happy to unload him for prospects.

LA plays tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. ET.