Don Mattingly and Andre Ethier downplay “heated dugout argument”

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and outfielder Andre Ethier got into what Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times described as “a heated dugout argument” during Saturday’s game, but a day later both parties downplayed the incident.

Here’s the manager:

The greatest thing is when you have guys like Andre, he can voice his opinion, I can voice mine and the next day we’re both adults and talking and no problems. It’s really, in a sense, family. You’re able to argue at home back and forth but at the end of the day, you love your kids. To me, I look at it like that–just family. You discuss something or it gets a little heated at that moment, at the end of the day we’re family.

And to prove that point, Dilbeck noted that Mattingly and Ethier “were in the team gym riding exercise bikes next to each other” Sunday morning, as if nothing happened.

The whole thing stemmed from Ethier not wanting to be removed from a 12-2 game, so (assuming that’s the full story) it was hardly a huge deal to begin with, but on-camera drama is always interesting.

Dodgers feel optimistic about Corey Seager’s return in the World Series

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The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.

Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”