Turner, Grandal, Puig also among Dodgers seeking support
By Scott Chasen
ST. LOUIS -- The day the Dodgers learned Corey Seager was atop the National League All-Star voting at shortstop was also a day of R-and-R for the youngster.
Seager, who led all NL shortstops with 399,347 votes in the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update -- around 20,000 votes ahead of the Cubs' Addison Russell -- was out of the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday, with Enrique Hernandez getting the start vs. the Cardinals. The day off came in the midst of the Dodgers' stretch of 16 games in 16 days, and manager Dave Roberts said he didn't need Seager tiring himself out in the cages in the meantime.
"Just take a spa day," Roberts told the shortstop. "Show up when you want. Hang out in the training room. And be ready come the fifth inning and beyond."
While Seager is in a fairly tight race with Russell, Roberts said he wasn't surprised to see his shortstop atop the leaders.
"He should be [in first place]," Roberts said. "He's the best shortstop in the National League. Obviously, we have some very good young shortstops in our game, but to see Corey ... he's very good for the game."
While Seager has had some struggles at the plate this year -- he's hitting just .253 in May -- he's still slashing .285/.388/.468 this season, with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
"Corey has such high expectations for himself," Roberts said. "For us to win baseball games, produce runs where he's not where he feels he should be, means that we're doing OK."
Justin Turner, who hasn't played since injuring his right hamstring on May 18, was in third at third base in All-Star voting, behind Chicago's Kris Bryant and Colorado's Nolan Arenado. Catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielder Yasiel Puig were also listed in the voting, ranking fifth and 14th, respectively, at their positions.
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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.