LOS ANGELES — Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was held out of team workouts for a second straight day on Friday, still nursing a back injury that manager Dave Roberts described as muscular in nature. It puts Seager’s status for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday in doubt.
“It’s just one of those things that we’ve just got to be mindful of. We want to keep him off the field,” Roberts said. “I think it will help the back, the elbow, the whole workload thing, which we’ve done all year. But we’re very optimistic he’ll be in there on Saturday.”
Seager received treatment on his back on Friday, and during the club’s workout at Dodger Stadium, Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Charlie Culberson took ground balls at shortstop.
Seager during the season hit .295/.379/.479 with 22 home runs and 33 doubles in 145 games. He led the club with 613 plate appearances and 134 starts. Seager was limited by an elbow injury in late August. Though not placed on the disabled list, he was out of the lineup for 11 straight games from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, limited to five pinch-hit at-bats during that time.
He tweaked his back during Game 3 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks, presumably during the first inning when sliding into second base on Cody Bellinger’s RBI ground out.
“There’s always a possibility [of missing Game 1],” Roberts said. “With the back injury, that kind of locked him up a little bit. But right now he’s getting treatment. Has gotten treatment the last couple days, and every day keeps getting considerably better.”
Seager was 3-for-11 (.273) with a triple and four walks in the NLDS.