The Dodgers will continue to take it slow with a few of their star players this week. Corey Seager and Mookie Betts are both healing from injuries, and Mookie will be held out again today.
Seager felt his calf tighten up prior to the game against Arizona on Sunday, which Dave Roberts attributed to dehydration. The Dodgers will have him DH once again to give him some time off of his feet.
Mookie Betts felt his finger swell up after an awkward swing in Sunday’s game as well. Roberts originally called the swelling substantial, though x-rays taken came back negative. The Dodgers will have Joc Pederson hitting leadoff for a second consecutive day. Betts will be held out of the lineup tonight in San Diego.
Same situation, I think that Corey could have played defense today, I expect him to play defense tomorrow…With Mookie, the swelling has dissipated some, but still not where we feel comfortable having him out there. The hope is to get him back in there tomorrow, but we’ll see how it progresses.
For the Dodgers, not having Mookie Betts in the lineup last night almost certainly made a difference. Betts has been heating up as of late, with five extra-base hits in his last three games played.
The hope is that Seager and Betts will both be 100 percent and ready to go by tomorrow’s series finale with the Padres. The Dodgers will then be back to full strength with Ross Stripling on the mound.