Sea­ger has mild ham­string strain

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike DiGio­vanna mike.digio­vanna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @MikeDiGio­vanna

An MRI exam re­vealed that Dodgers short­stop Corey Sea­ger suf­fered a mild strain of his right ham­string Fri­day night, an in­jury that will pre­vent him from start­ing for sev­eral games but might not be se­vere enough to send him to the 10day dis­abled list.

Man­ager Dave Roberts said the Sea­ger was avail­able to pinch-hit Satur­day night “if the op­por­tu­nity pre­sents it­self to tie or win the game.”

The Dodgers will mon­i­tor Sea­ger for sev­eral days and de­cide by Tues­day or Wed­nes­day whether to put him on the DL. Util­ity man En­rique Her­nan­dez started at short­stop Satur­day.

The Dodgers have ab­sorbed in­juries to sev­eral po­si­tion play­ers, in­clud­ing first base­man Adrian Gon­za­lez, cen­ter fielder Joc Ped­er­son, se­cond base­man Lo­gan Forsythe and left fielder An­drew Toles, but the loss of Sea­ger for an ex­tended pe­riod would be a sig­nif­i­cant blow.

The left-handed-hit­ting Sea­ger, who bats se­cond, was a unan­i­mous choice for Na­tional League rookie of the year last sea­son, hit­ting .308 with an .877 on-base­plus-slug­ging per­cent­age, 26 homers, 40 dou­bles, 72 RBIs and 105 runs.

He’s bat­ting .298 with a .909 OPS, 12 homers, 19 dou­bles, 39 RBIs and a team­lead­ing 56 runs. He hit three homers and drove in six runs in the Dodgers’ win over the New York Mets on Tues­day.

“It would be a huge void,” Roberts said. “When you’re play­ing a premium de­fen­sive po­si­tion, and you lose your short­stop and ar­guably your best hit­ter, it’s a big blow.”

Sea­ger had sin­gles to right field in each of his first two at-bats Fri­day but felt the ham­string give a lit­tle on his ini­tial step out of the box on his se­cond hit, a run-scor­ing sin­gle. He took se­cond on the throw home and the ham­string cramped as he pulled into the bag.

Hav­ing suf­fered two right ham­string strains and a left ham­string tear in the mi­nor leagues, “I know when it’s re­ally bad,” Sea­ger said, “and this wasn’t.”

Ro­ta­tion re­turn

Kenta Maeda, who strug­gled for two months and lost his grip on a ro­ta­tion spot in early June, will start Tues­day night against the An­gels.

Roberts said he will give the other five starters ex­tra rest by push­ing them back a day. Rich Hill will start Mon­day against the An­gels, and left-han­ders Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood will start Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in An­gel Sta­dium.

Maeda has given up two earned runs and six hits, strik­ing out 12 bat­ters and wak­ing one, in 10 in­nings of his last three ap­pear­ances, a start and two re­lief out­ings.

“He’s thrown the base­ball re­ally well,” Roberts said. “I want to keep guys cur­rent, rel­e­vant, and on the other side, giv­ing the other guys an ex­tra day makes sense.”

Get Ziggy with it

Roberts hosted a spe­cial guest Satur­day — Ziggy Lazaro, an 11-year-old from Los An­ge­les who was born with spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy and has been in a wheel­chair since he was 2.

Ziggy, a Dodgers fan “since I was a 2-year-old with a Dodgers shirt,” was named co-man­ager for the day as part of a Make-A-Wish pro­gram. He listed Clay­ton Ker­shaw, Satur­day’s starter, as his fa­vorite player.

He toured the field, club­house, weight room, coaches’ room, food room and man­ager’s of­fice be­fore the game, meet­ing nu­mer­ous play­ers along the way. He sat next to the Dodgers dugout dur­ing the game.

“He’s a spe­cial young man,” Roberts said, “and he made a lot of peo­ple happy to­day.”

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DODGERS SHORT­STOP Corey Sea­ger is hop­ing to avoid a stint on the 10-day dis­abled list.

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