Dodgers brace for life without Corey Seager for perhaps a month or more

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MIND OVER MATTERAfter spending the previous two weeks at Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitcher Caleb Ferguson tossed 1-2/3 scoreless innings and struck out three batters Tuesday in Anaheim. Roberts complimented Ferguson’s conviction on the mound.At 34 pitches, it was Ferguson’s longest relief appearance of the season. It came at the end of a long day of travel from Oklahoma City. All but three of his pitches were fastballs, which Ferguson threw in the 93-to-96 mph range.“I wasn’t trying to stay away from the curveball because it didn’t feel right or anything,” Ferguson said. “I just know that when it’s right I know I’m in a pretty good spot to throw (the fastball).”The 22-year-old left-hander described his stint at Triple-A as a “mental blow.” Ferguson said he made no intentional changes to his pitch grip, his mechanics or even his pitch selection.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers officially placed Corey Seager on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained left hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined for perhaps a month or more.An MRI taken Wednesday confirmed a strain that has been classified as Grade “1-slash-2,” Manager Dave Roberts said. There is no formal timetable for Seager to return, though 4-to-6 weeks is the expectation. The 25-year-old shortstop will need several days of rest before he can begin to rehabilitate the injury.“I really don’t know, but I can’t see four, five, six days before he can really start thinking about working in the other direction,” Roberts said. “Right now we’re just trying to calm things down.”The injury comes just as Seager had regained his All-Star form. After missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, Seager started slowly this season. But he was 17 for 37 (.459) with seven doubles and a home run during a nine-game hitting streak through Tuesday. Since May 4, he was batting .331 (40 for 121) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Matt Beaty (hip flexor) was activated from the IL on Thursday. Chris Taylor is expected to become the primary shortstop in Seager’s absence.A versatile utility player, Taylor won’t make the Dodgers miss Seager’s defense. His bat is another matter. Through Wednesday, Taylor’s .674 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) was tied with Kiké Hernandez for the lowest among the Dodgers’ regulars. His batting average didn’t crack .200 until May 5. He entered Thursday’s game against the Cubs with six hits and 16 strikeouts in his last 40 at-bats.Facing a left-handed pitcher (Jon Lester) in the opener of a four-game series, Hernandez started in left field with Taylor at shortstop and Max Muncy at second base.Seager did not speak to reporters Thursday. Roberts said the 25-year-old shortstop was understandably sore and disappointed by the news.“We’ve done everything as an organization, Corey’s done everything, as far as taking care of himself,” Roberts said. “The thing that’s disappointing, disheartening for him, is there’s no signs of that – fatigue, soreness, any type of strain a little bit before that to give him a little bit of a heads up. There was nothing. It was kind of out of the blue. That’s probably the most disappointing, outside of missing time.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Yet after allowing six runs across his final two relief appearances for the Dodgers, Ferguson dominated Triple-A. He allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, walking two batters and striking out 11.“I just gave myself a little mental break to not even think about baseball for three days,” he said. “I didn’t look at or pick up a ball for three days. I went down there, played catch, and everything fell right in line.”POLLOCK UPDATEOutfielder A.J. Pollock had the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line removed from his left biceps. Pollock, who had been working out already, can now resume baseball activities, Roberts said.Doctors inserted the PICC line on May 2 to treat a staphylococcus bacteria infection. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill) vs. Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMStaff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this notebook. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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