Corey Seager could be out of the Texas Rangers lineup for several games due to hamstring tightness

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager was not in the lineup Friday night and the two-time World Series MVP could miss several games due to tightness in his left hamstring.

Seager left the Rangers’ game on Wednesday night after hitting his hamstring on an RBI single. Manager Bruce Bochy said the shortstop took the field before the series opener against San Francisco.

“He did some light jogging, but wasn’t quite ready for it yet,” Bochy said. “It looks like it’s going to take a few days, three days.”

There are currently no plans to place Seager on the injured list.

“We think it will be ready before the 10 days are up,” Bochy said.

Seager extended his on-base streak to a career-high 28 games with his hit in the second inning of the Rangers’ 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. He said he felt a twinge afterward. Seager missed 31 games early last season due to a left hamstring injury.

Josh Smith, who was the first third baseman since Josh Jung broke his right wrist less than a week into the season, was the starting shortstop against the Giants. He batted second, the usual spot for Seager, who hit .271 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in his 57 games.

While Seager didn’t go on the IL, Bochy said the Rangers recalled rookie infielder Davis Wendzel from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the active roster, outfielder Derek Hill was designated for assignment.

Seager also missed nine games after the All-Star Game last season due to a sprained right thumb, but was back in early August and was the World Series MVP as the Rangers won their first championship. He later finished second to two-way player and unanimous winner Shohei Ohtani in the American League MVP voting.

The shortstop had surgery in January to repair a sports hernia and then missed most of spring training. He got off to a slow start but has now reached base in every game he has played since May 4. He was on a 16-game hitting streak before going 0 for 3 with a walk on Tuesday night.


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