Dodgers ‘Very Encouraged’ Corey Seager Back Injury A Minor Issue

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have already dealt with an array of injuries this season, the latest of which came when Corey Seager was removed in the third inning of Friday’s game due to lower back discomfort.

He came up lame when going to his left on a chopper hit up the middle and immediately walked off the field with a Dodgers trainer. Manager Dave Roberts surmised it was a result of Seager making a diving attempt for a backhanded stop in the second inning.

Although Seager was not in the lineup for the second game of the series against the San Francisco Giants and he remains day-to-day, there already has been progress made. “There was a scan taken [Friday] night, which proved to be clean, so that’s very positive,” Roberts said.

“He hasn’t come in yet for treatment. I told him to kind of lay low and get in when he’s able to. Last night there was a little less discomfort. I talked to him briefly after the game, so that was encouraging.

“He’s going to get treatment and I don’t see him doing any baseball activities. Hopefully once he gets here we’ll know more. It’s still day-to-day, but very encouraged.”

Seager was recently limited by a left quad issue, which prompted the Dodgers to utilize him as designated hitter for two consecutive games. Further back, he was kept out of the 2017 National League Championship Series because of back trouble.

“I don’t think they’re related. Since that point the back has been in good standing,” Roberts said. “I think it’s just one of those things that acted up for that moment. We did take the scans and feel good about those results.”

Seager shifting to DH?

Given Seager’s history last season with hamstring issues and now the quad and back trouble this year, Roberts was asked if the Dodgers have considered shifting the bulk of his starts to DH.

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

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