ANAHEIM — The Dodgers were swept in a two-game series with the Angels but couldn’t get out of town without suffering a more significant loss.
Corey Seager will undergo an MRI on Wednesday but is headed to the Injured List with a left hamstring injury that could sideline the shortstop for weeks.
“The early kind of diagnosis is – I hesitate to even put a number on it but it’s kind of like a (Grade) 2-plus,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “What that means we’ll know more once he gets the test tomorrow, the MRI.
“Obviously very unfortunate. The way he’s been playing and what he means to our ballclub. As far as a timetable, we’ll know more tomorrow.”
Grade 2 hamstring strains typically require a four- to six-week recovery time.
Seager was on second base with no outs in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 5-3 loss when Alex Verdugo singled through the middle. Seager was about to round third base and try to score when he pulled up and clutched at the back of his left leg. He immediately left the game.
“Just coming around third, it grabbed pretty good,” Seager said as he was leaving the clubhouse after the game. “Gonna get it checked out tomorrow, see where we’re at.
“Just kind of one bad step, I guess.”
Seager said he had no problems with his legs recently that would indicate this was building.
“I don’t tweak them every year but I do a lot to make sure they’re okay,” he said. “This one kind of came out of nowhere.”
After missing most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip, Seager had begun to regain his previous All-Star form recently. He was 3 for 4 with a walk Tuesday and was 17 for 37 (.459) with seven doubles and a home run in his past nine games. Since May 4, he was batting .331 (40 for 121) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games.
“With what he’s done to overcome a couple surgeries this past year and get back into really good playing shape and really productive playing shape, I feel bad – we all feel bad – for Corey,” Roberts said. “We’ll know more and he’ll get back on the rehab trail and we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”
The Dodgers will likely activate utilityman Matt Beaty from the Injured List to take Seager’s spot on the roster. Chris Taylor will become their primary shortstop.
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