Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager on Sunday was out of the lineup for a second game with a back injury, but manager Dave Roberts said the club is not considering placing him on the injured list at this time.
“It’s kind of the same progression, treatment, no baseball activity, feels a little bit better than he did two nights ago, which is a good thing,” said Roberts. “It’s going to be a day-to-day thing. We’re not considering the IL right now, as far as the back date, give it a few days and reassess.”
The club has not disclosed a diagnosis, only symptoms of “lower back discomfort,” suffered on Friday night when Seager dived to his right on a single to left field by Giants catcher Chadwick Tromp.
Seager missed the 2017 National League Championship Series with a back sprain suffered sliding into second base, but Roberts said the injuries are unrelated. Nonetheless, with the injury in 2017, Seager went two weeks between games, then hit .222 in the World Series.
Missing the fans
The cardboard cutouts are cute -- the money generated is for a charitable cause -- and the piped-in sound effects are better than silence. But Roberts said safety protocols not allowing fans in the stands have diminished his club’s home-field advantage, considering Dodger Stadium is usually filled and rockin’.
“When you’re playing in other ballparks where they don’t draw like we draw, maybe not as much. But here, it’s a big change, a big difference,” said Roberts. “When you’re talking about the later innings with relievers facing us with stress, for them to have to deal with 50,000 Dodger fans on their feet, it’s a lot different than piped-in music. So those young relievers, or any reliever I guess as an opponent, it’s considerably easier, in my opinion.
“Guys are trying to find anything they can to get that motivation on the plus side. On the other side, there’s a governor [dictating] how high you can put the [piped-in] crowd noise for the home team. So, it’s just the bare bones of having to outperform your opponent.”