Corey Seager on the Dodgers’ playoff roster? Don Mattingly says jury is still out.

Corey Seager

Corey Seager and Scott Schebler are getting a taste of the major league with the Dodgers in September. (Getty Images)


SAN DIEGO — Projecting the Dodgers’ 25-man National League Division Series roster is fun but premature. The Dodgers have a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs, but one month offers enough time for injuries to throw a monkey wrench into the whole thought exercise.

For 21-year-old infielder Corey Seager, it might take an injury for him to make the postseason roster. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t even concede that point Sunday.

“I don’t have any doubts in his ability or some of the things he can do,” Mattingly said. “The postseason roster at this point, it’s a little far out there.”

Seager might be able to help his case with a few more games like Saturday’s, when he worked an eight-pitch at-bat as a pinch hitter.

“I don’t think it hurts to see him in different roles,” Mattingly said. “Anything he is able to do now is just checking boxes for himself. Having some success is always good.

“Being around the guys, and being here on a daily basis is good. Same with [Scott Schebler]. Same with all our guys. Austin Barnes. Different guys. You feel like they’re going to be p[art of your future going forward — these moments are good and they don’t necessarily have to play every day to have those moments. So him being able to play a little bit here or there, Corey or Scheb or Austin, it’s all good for them.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.