- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Corey Seager gave the Dodgers quite a scare Wednesday in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies when he was hit by a pitch in the right wrist area and fell back in obvious pain.

Fortunately for the Dodgers, Seager is expected to be OK. He has a bruised arm and will have X-rays as a precautionary measure.

“It hurt,” Seager said. “You don’t ever really want to get hit. It hurt.”

Seager was hit by Elvis Araujo’s pitch in the sixth inning. Seager went down was attended to by a trainer, but stayed in the game. He doubled in his next at-bat, a shot to center in the eighth.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about his heart rate when he saw Seager go down.

“Not good,” Roberts said. “That’s as quick as I’ve come out of the dugout in a long time. I’m happy to see he was fine.”

Seager was 2 for 3 with a double. The Dodgers were rolling with Scott Kazmir on the mound, but the Phillies got to the bullpen to avoid a series sweep. Freddy Galvis hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and Ryan Howard had a bases-cleaning pinch double in the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who was pitching to get in work even though the Dodgers trailed by one run.

“That was a situation where in talking to Kenley before the game, he really wanted to pitch regardless,” Roberts said. “Two days off and with the off day (Thursday), he wanted to pitch. In that situation, you get him work and also to keep them within one. I felt good about it.”

Jansen didn’t want to give the ball up when Roberts went out to get him in the ninth.

“He’s a closer. He feels that’s his inning and understandably so. For me, after giving up that double to Howard and throwing 26 pitches, I felt there’s a certain point where there’s not really much benefit … You have him ready for Friday.”

Araujo (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory.

Kazmir (9-6) struck out six and allowed four hits. He left after 100 pitches with two runners on and no outs in the seventh inning. The Dodgers bullpen wasted his quality start.

“I was able to make pitches when I needed to and had the changeup today,” Kazmir said. “That was good. “It’s a tough one. We wanted to pull this one out and have a good off day.”

In the seventh, Carlos Ruiz singled to left and Jimmy Paredes was walked on four pitches. Roberts opted to go to the bullpen. Grant Dayton struck out Tyler Goeddel, then gave up the home run to Galvis.

“If you look at what happened, it was a broken-bat hit and a couple of close pitches for a walk,” Kazmir said. “Still felt great out there, even late in the game like that.”

In the sixth inning, Seager and the newly acquired Josh Reddick botched a double-steal attempt. Reddick took responsibility for the miscue.

“It was supposed to be the patented double steal, and it’s been a long time since I’ve attempted one of those,” said Reddick, acquired from Oakland. “It was kind of uncomfortable for me, but I’ve got to make an adjustment and be better at that. Once I see him throw the ball to second I’ve got to be able to go. It’s a matter of learning and adapting and adjusting to that kind of play. I’ll get my work in on it, and I won’t make that mistake again.”

REDDICK UPDATE

Reddick is 5 for 32 with the Dodgers since being acquired from Oakland.

Before the game, Roberts said about Reddick’s slow offensive start: “I have seen him as a very productive player for a long time. I think you can see the body language a little bit when you hit a ball hard, and it gets caught in left-center field or you square a ball up and the second baseman is there. Maybe a little bit of over-swinging, but he’ll be fine.”

UP NEXT

Phillies: On Friday, RHP Jake Thompson (0-1, 12.46) will make his second major league start in a home series with the Colorado Rockies. In his debut last Saturday, Thompson allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79) will make his second straight start Friday in place of Bud Norris, who is on the 15-day DL with a back strain. He threw five scoreless innings against Boston on Saturday. Prior to that, the rookie right-hander hadn’t started a game since May 19.

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