The shortstop did receive clean results on a scan of his back taken Friday night and remains day to day, according to manager Dave Roberts.
“Last night even, there was a little bit less discomfort,” Roberts said during a pregame videoconference call Saturday. “I talked to him briefly last night after the game, so that was encouraging. Today, he’s probably just going to get treatment. I don’t see him doing any baseball activities.”
Chris Taylor will fill in for Seager at shortstop, one of six right-handed batters set to face Giants starter Johnny Cueto. On opening day, Cueto allowed one run over four innings against the Dodgers.
Mookie Betts’ prowess as a water boy in high school came in handy this past week when he was sidelined from the Dodgers because of a finger injury.
Clayton Kershaw will go for the Dodgers, taking the mound for the second time this season after returning from a back injury of his own that forced him to miss opening day.
In his season debut Sunday, Kershaw blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks over 5 2/3 auspicious innings, reaching 93 mph with his fastball and forcing repeated swings and misses with his slider and curveball in a six-strikeout display.
The 32-year-old will once again be caught by Austin Barnes.
“They think a lot alike,” Roberts said of the veteran battery. “There’s certainly trust there. Austin’s receiving, we’ve always talked about, is very good elite. To be quite honest, I feel very confident in Will Smith catching Clayton as well. It’s just right now, we’ve got a day tomorrow, I felt it lined up with Austin.”
1. Joc Pederson — Designated hitter
2. Mookie Betts — Right field
3. Cody Bellinger — Center field
4. Justin Turner — Third base
5. Max Muncy — First base
6. AJ Pollock — Left field
7. Chris Taylor — Shortstop
8. Kiké Hernández — Second base
9. Austin Barnes — Catcher
Clayton Kershaw — Starting pitcher