LOS ANGELES — For now, Corey Seager will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
An MRI of Seager’s right hamstring on Saturday revealed he had suffered only a grade I strain, a positive development for the Dodgers’ star shortstop who was pulled from a 6-1 victory over Colorado the previous day after experiencing tightness.
Manager Dave Roberts estimated Saturday that Seager might miss 3-4 days, a timetable that would allow him to return to the lineup at some point next week.
Roberts noted the club would remain cautious before ushering his return, aware of the risk of Seager re-aggravating his hamstring.
“We talked about the short view, but the long view,” Roberts said. “With Corey, to put him in harms way, to potentially have him miss more than he needs to would be irresponsible. We’re definitely mindful of that.”
Seager exited during the bottom of the second inning Friday night, leaving with a trainer for the clubhouse almost immediately after he scored from second base on a single by Justin Turner.
He told reporters afterward that his hamstring “tightened up” earlier in the inning when he stepped out of the batter’s box after lining a double to right field. The pain persisted when he rounded third base.
Seager was not expected to undergo baseball activities Saturday, scheduled for undergo treatment. Roberts said he retained the option to use Seager strictly as a pinch hitter Saturday if needed.
Utilityman Kike’ Hernandez filled in at short.
In his young career, Seager has been durable, appearing in 73 of the Dodgers’ first 75 games this season and 157 of their 162 games as a rookie a year ago. He has yet to appear on the DL since debuting in the majors in late 2015.
Asked of the possibility of losing Seager for longer than expected should his strained hamstring heal slowly, Roberts said, “It would be a huge void. You’re playing a premium defensive position, and you lose your shortstop, and arguably your best hitter, it’s a big…