LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was still not ready to return to the lineup, but manager Dave Roberts said Seager moved "really well" during pregame tests before Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.Seager has not played since injuring his right hamstring during the Dodgers'
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was still not ready to return to the lineup, but manager Dave Roberts said Seager moved "really well" during pregame tests before Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
Seager has not played since injuring his right hamstring during the Dodgers' 6-1 win against the Rockies on Friday, but he has been available to pinch-hit if needed. Roberts and team trainers watched Seager go through agility tests and field ground balls on Tuesday.
"There's really no drop-dead decision we have to make on Corey yet," Roberts said. "It's tougher playing shorthanded, but with the extra position player that we do have, essentially we've been playing with four all year, and now we have four not counting Corey, but right now I think we do have some flexibility."
After the Dodgers' 4-0 win over the Angels, Roberts said the club would monitor Seager, but ultimately he doesn't think he will need to go on the DL.
"The way guys have pitched and started, our bullpen, we're in a good state," Roberts said. "I don't think right now we need to make a move."
The 23-year-old is batting .298 with 12 homers, 39 RBIs and a team-leading 56 runs scored. He was second on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for National League shortstops behind the Reds' Zack Cozart.
Dodgers not worried about McCarthy
After throwing three wild pitches against the Rockies on Sunday, Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy showed signs of the "yips," which caused him to go on the DL last season.
But Roberts said last year was different.
"Last year, there was a lot more, it was bigger," Roberts said of McCarthy, who was placed on the DL Monday with right knee patella tendinitis. "There were multiple conversations and trying to figure it out. This year ... I think that was a handful of pitches that he had no command of. I think that for us this year, we understand what happened, and we're looking to kind of not really delve into what was the cause of it."
Roberts expects McCarthy to be ready for his next start when he's available to come off the DL and doesn't see anything carrying over.
"With Brandon, he's very forthright," Roberts said. "I think he can see what everyone else sees. When you're misfiring that much as a Major League pitcher, it's a cause for pause, I think that right now we're not too concerned about it."
Puig dealing with knee flareup
After being bothered by a tight hamstring in recent games, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig now is having knee troubles, Roberts said. Puig hurt his knee during the Dodgers' 4-0 loss to the Angels on Monday and Roberts decided to give him a day off on Tuesday, but he was available to pinch-hit.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.