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Corey Seager to be held out of spring training action this week

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Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won’t appear in Cactus League action this week due to lingering back and oblique discomfort, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Seager, 22, tweaked his back two weeks ago and hasn’t played since. He seems to believe it’s just a minor setback and that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year Award winner hit .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs, 72 RBI, and 105 runs scored in 687 plate appearances last season.

In the event Seager isn’t healthy enough to start the season, the Dodgers could use Enrique Hernandez or Logan Forsythe at shortstop as both have experience at the position.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.