Since making his Major-League debut on Sept. 3, Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager has been as advertised. An injury to Jimmy Rollins created a window of opportunity for Seager and the 21-year-old shortstop
While the majority of Seager’s playing time has come at shortstop, he’s also made starts at third base. No matter which position or where in the lineup he’s been placed, Seager has found success at the plate.
A hot bat and discipline led him setting a new Los Angeles franchise record for reaching base safely in consecutive games to start a career (18). However, despite how difficult it may be to envision a Dodgers lineup without Seager in it, he did not play Friday for a second consecutive night.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the phenom’s absence is due to Seager alerting the team of tired legs and soreness:
His leg was a little sore the other day and I didn’t want to take any chances,” said Mattingly. “[Thursday] was that day for him and just being cautious today. I’m sure he will play some short this series. He was heavy-legged the other day, shaking his legs out. Both of them.” Mattingly said Seager reported the discomfort to the training staff, a procedure the manager endorsed.
It’s been a whirlwind of a season for Seager, who’s previous career high in games played was 118 in 2014 with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He began this season in Double-A Tulsa, before getting promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Seager played 125 Minor-League games this season, and has 14 under his belt with the Dodgers as of Saturday morning. The soreness isn’t believed to be serious and Seager should be available in either of the two remaining games against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.