LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers All-Star candidate shortstop Corey Seager is day to day after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday's matchup with the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.Seager was replaced at the start of the third inning of the
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers All-Star candidate shortstop Corey Seager is day to day after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday's matchup with the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Seager was replaced at the start of the third inning of the Dodgers' 6-1 win vs. the Rockies on Friday. He felt the hamstring tighten while advancing to second on the throw following his RBI single in the second inning. Seager stayed in the game and scored on Justin Turner's single, but he went directly to the clubhouse to get treatment when he returned to the dugout.
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Roberts said Seager is available for pinch-hit situations, but the 23-year-old will be out of the starting lineup for three or four days while the club determines whether he needs to be placed on the disabled list.
"It would be a huge void when you're playing a premium defensive position," Roberts said, "and you lose your shortstop and arguably your best hitter, it's a big blow. We talked about the short view, the long view ... to put him in harm's way to potentially have him miss more than he needs to with a Grade 1 would be irresponsible."
Seager ranked second at shortstop in the latest update of voting for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. He is third on the team in home runs with 12 and has 39 RBIs.
Kenta Maeda will make a spot start on Tuesday to give the rotation an extra day of rest, Roberts said. Maeda, who was moved to the bullpen on June 7, made a spot start for the same purpose last Sunday, holding the Reds to one run on three hits in five innings in Cincinnati. Then he pitched one inning of relief on Friday against the Rockies, recording one strikeout.
"I think, over the last three appearances, he's throwing the baseball really well," Roberts said. "I just expect Kenta to keep doing what he's been doing and attack with his mix and get guys out."
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.