DENVER — Corey Seager will not be in the starting lineup when the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies tonight.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Seager, who has reached base in each of his first 16 major league starts, is feeling “heavy legged.” That’s a clever baseball euphemism for fatigue, the kind that comes with playing 144 games across the Double-A, Triple-A and major league levels this year. Only Adrian Gonzalez has played more games this season than Seager among those currently on the Dodgers’ active roster.
Chase Utley is getting his second career start at third base and Jimmy Rollins is starting at shortstop. Here’s what Mattingly said about Seager during his pregame media briefing:
Derek Jeter was 20 years old when he debuted with the New York Yankees in 1995; Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is 21. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Tuesday to compare Corey Seager to future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, who was coming up through the New York Yankees organization when Mattingly’s playing days were winding down.
“Both guys are pretty humble in the way they go about their business,” Mattingly said. “That’s one thing you see with him and Derek. You see a confidence in both of them too. I saw Derek really really early, like out of high school. Corey’s a little farther down the road. With Corey, we saw an at-bat a couple years ago. Saw him in spring training this year. We didn’t see all the in-between. It seems a little funny, but he seems a little more polished than Derek when I first saw him. Obviously Derek was out of high school. You see the humbleness and the confidence in both guys.”
Jimmy Rollins has been limited to pinch-running duty since he injured his right index finger. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins took batting practice and ground balls at Dodger Stadium Tuesday, though he didn’t throw the ball. Rollins, who’s been battling a tender right index finger the last nine days, said he felt “much better” after taking BP.
Corey Seager had two hits in three at-bats Monday in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw was his usual self, and rookies Scott Schebler and Corey Seager showed unusual poise, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Rockies. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Andre Ethier has quietly been among the Dodgers’ steadiest hitters this season.
The most eye-opening stat I didn’t have room for in anything I wrote today:
Jose Peraza, 21, is a candidate to be placed on the 60-day disabled list if his hamstring injury is severe enough. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
Dodgers infielder Jose Peraza
, who re-aggravated his strained left hamstring Sunday in Phoenix, underwent an MRI exam Monday, manager Don Mattingly
said. The results of the MRI haven’t been announced yet but the manager acknowledged the injury could end Peraza’s season.
“The doctor’s going to come in tonight and look at him, and let us know where we’re going with that,” Mattingly said.