Hamstring injuries have sidelined a trio of Dodgers recently, with Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Yasiel Puig out of the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
For Seager, this is his fourth game out since suffering a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. He has been unavailable in each of the Dodgers’ last three games, and is undergoing pregame field tests and batting practice to see whether he might be available on Tuesday.
So far, the club has resisted placing Seager on the 10-day disabled list.
“We kind of want to push it as far as we can, as far as days to not put him on the DL,” manager Dave Roberts said Monday. “It potentially could happen, but we’re hopeful that we don’t need to.”
|CF||Young (S)||2B||Utley (L)|
|1B||Valbuena (L)||1B||Bellinger (L)|
|LF||Revere (L)||CF||Pederson (L)|
Puig has been dealing with hamstring tightness for nearly a week, and this is his third time out of the lineup in the last five games. But in each of his previous two non-starts, Puig eventually played in the game. He hasn’t started consecutive games since the series last week against the Mets.
Puig is also dealing with right knee soreness, Roberts told reporters on Tuesday.
Seager and Puig are tied for the Dodgers’ lead with 73 games played. They are first and second in starts, with 69 starts for Seager and 67 for Puig.
Turner missed 19 games with a right hamstring strain of his own, but since his return has been on fire, hitting .400/.507/.673 with four home runs, three doubles, 11 RBI, and 14 runs in 15 games.
He also started the previous five games, his longest stretch since returning from the DL.
Logan Forsythe starts at third base on Tuesday, with Kiké Hernandez at shortstop, and Trayce Thompson in right field, the latter in his first start since getting recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.
Austin Barnes gets the start at catcher, and bats fifth, after three straight starts behind the plate for Yasmani Grandal. Barnes has reached base by hit or walk in each of his last seven starts, and 10 of his last 11.