'It's Not Easy To Take Him Out.' Corey Seager Back On Texas Rangers Bench Day After Heroic Home Run Against Dodgers

Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Corey Seager was scratched from Thursday's lineup because the slugger felt a little tightness in his left hamstring.
May 26, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  Texas Rangers infielder Corey Seager (5) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Texas Rangers infielder Corey Seager (5) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports / Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — A day after his three-run home run beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers slugger Corey Seager is back on the bench with a hamstring issue.

Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Seager felt some tightness in his left hamstring before Thursday's series finale at Dodger Stadium, and he was scratched from the lineup out of an abundance of caution.

Seager left a game on June 5 after running out an RBI single with left hamstring tightness. He missed the next four games and finally returned to the lineup as the designated hitter Wednesday night against his former team, the Dodgers. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run, fifth-inning homer, which was the difference in Texas' 3-2 win.

The Rangers declined to do an MRI on Seager's hamstring, claiming it wasn't a serious enough strain to warrant the scan. Seager missed 31 games with left hamstring issues in 2023.

"Once he started to get ready [before Thursday's game] there's still a little tightness there in the leg so we just can't afford to lose him," Bochy said. "We're being cautious here."

Bochy said Seager is likely not play Friday's series opener in Seattle.

"Trust me, it's not easy to take him out and he would push it, but I had to make the call and do what is right," he said. "When you have an impact player like that, it's worth waiting to see if this is going to clear up sooner."

Seager is batting .358 with nine homers and 17 RBI in his past 15 games.

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Stefan Stevenson worked as a journalist and editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for 25 years, covering sports, concerts, and general news. His beats have included the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, and Texas Christian University football.