The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived at Coors Field on Monday with some momentum as they’d rattled off consecutive wins against the Chicago Cubs to go 4-2 on a homestand in which they also faced the San Francisco Giants.
Also seemingly working in the Dodgers’ favor is Kenta Maeda, who has fared well against the Colorado Rockies, was starting on six days’ rest. Maeda worked his way out of early trouble in the series opener but was hurt by a hanging slider that Nick Hundley deposited into the left field stands to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
While a 2-0 deficit is hardly insurmountable, particularly in the Mile-High City, the Dodgers struggled to capitalize on having runners reach base.
Los Angeles only mustered five hits on the evening, but drew five walks and had a player hit by a pitch on three instances.
Two of those were Corey Seager being struck — first on the right calf, then on his left hand/wrist. Seager hopped in pain after being plunked the second time and remained in the game after being checked on by Dodgers head athletic trainer Nate Lucero.
According to Alanna Rizzo of Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, x-rays came back negative on Seager and he is slated for a planned night off:
.@coreyseager_5's x-rays are negative. He's down tomorrow but Roberts said that was the plan anyway
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 30, 2016
Seager added his wrist is feeling stiff, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Seager said wrist is stiff but not broken.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 30, 2016
Seager finished the night 0-for-2 with one walk and one strikeout. This marks the second time this month the promising shortstop has been sent for x-rays after taking a pitch on the hand.
That time it was on Seager’s right wrist, and he returned to the lineup after a timely off-day. Though, Seager wasn’t permitted to participate in Clayton Kershaw’s annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity tournament.
On the year Seager is batting .320/.379/.540 with 37 doubles, 23 home runs and 62. He recently broke the Dodgers franchise record for most home runs in a single season by a shortstop.