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Dodgers encouraged by Seager's back scan

@kengurnick
August 8, 2020

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager's back scan “proved to be clean,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. Seager, removed from Friday night’s 7-2 win with lower back discomfort, was not in Saturday’s lineup against the Giants. Chris Taylor was penciled in at shortstop. "It’s still day to day, but very encouraged,"

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager's back scan “proved to be clean,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday.

Seager, removed from Friday night’s 7-2 win with lower back discomfort, was not in Saturday’s lineup against the Giants. Chris Taylor was penciled in at shortstop.

"It’s still day to day, but very encouraged," Roberts said. “Last night, there was a little bit less discomfort, so that was encouraging.”

Seager was injured diving for a second-inning single and remained in the game one more inning. Roberts said it’s not believed that this injury is a recurrence of a low back sprain Seager suffered on a slide in the 2017 National League Division Series that sidelined him throughout the NL Championship Series.

“I don’t think they’re related. That is certainly a fair question,” said Roberts. “But since that point, the back has been in good standing. One of those things that acted up at the moment. We did take the scans and feel good about the results.”

Roberts shied away from a suggestion that it might be safer for Seager to return as a designated hitter instead of shortstop.

“Too early,” he said. “Less than 24 hours ago, he was talking about how good his body feels and how it allows him to do what he wants to do. To take a dive and come up a little bit sore and to talk about the DH, I certainly think it’s premature.”

The 26-year-old Seager has had a series of nagging injuries, as well as elbow and hip operations in 2018.

• Roberts said infielder Edwin Ríos is the most improved Dodgers player this year, and Ríos credits … boxing with Barry Larkin?

“I did a lot of boxing with Barry Larkin during quarantine,” Ríos said of the Hall of Fame shortstop, as both reside in Florida. “I feel the cardio in itself and saw my body transform and caught up a little more.”

But wait, Larkin?

“It’s a great story,” Ríos said. “I was working out with Tom Shaw at Disney [Wide World of Sports Performance Camp], and one year, Barry Larkin showed up with Dee Gordon, Willy Adames, other guys like [Francisco] Lindor. It was like, 'Holy cow, what are the chances I picked this place to work out and Barry Larkin walks in the door?'

“Ever since that moment, we kicked it off. He kind of took me under his wing, and any time he opens his mouth, I listen. I mean, he’s a Hall of Famer, so you better listen. Been going at it for a couple of years now and starting to see the results now. It’s crazy what boxing does, not just for the body but the mind as well.”

Ríos is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. Larkin was 6 feet, 185 pounds when he played. Weight classifications aside, who’s the better boxer?

“Oh, definitely him,” Ríos said. “I still got a ways to go.”

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.