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Seager not ready to resume throwing

Dodgers shortstop won't be back in lineup until late next week at the earliest
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PHOENIX -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won't resume throwing until Monday or return to the starting lineup until late next week at the earliest because of a sore elbow that has already kept him out of the lineup for the current series with the D-backs.

Seager began taking ground balls without throwing before Thursday's series finale here, and manager Dave Roberts said "the acuteness of the injury" required a cautious initial approach, but "symptomatically, it's getting better."

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PHOENIX -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won't resume throwing until Monday or return to the starting lineup until late next week at the earliest because of a sore elbow that has already kept him out of the lineup for the current series with the D-backs.

Seager began taking ground balls without throwing before Thursday's series finale here, and manager Dave Roberts said "the acuteness of the injury" required a cautious initial approach, but "symptomatically, it's getting better."

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Seager remains available for pinch-hitting, which he did in the first two games of the series.

"I'd say for Corey, through San Diego to continue to take grounders and no throwing," Roberts said. "Probably on Monday we'll start a little throwing program. Only seven days of not throwing; it won't take long to build back up. Something like [the Colorado series that begins Thursday] is the way we're mapping this out."

Roberts said the club shut down Seager because "any time you have acute pain, sometimes subconsciously you try to manipulate the motion to not hurt it. We're trying to get ahead of it and not compromise himself and and put himself in harm's way. That's what we're trying to do."

Although Seager has had the condition at least since the club was in Detroit two weeks ago, he said he could play.

"That's his opinion," said Roberts. "I think the medical staff thinks differently."

While Seager is out, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez will share shortstop duties.

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

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