PHOENIX — The photos and videos coming out of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are jarring. If you know the roads and neighborhoods now under water, it only makes it more so.
“It’s insane,” Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling said of his seeing his battered hometown. “A lot of those pictures they’re showing, there will be a building that you recognize – then there are boats going past. It’s crazy.”
Stripling said an aunt and uncle had to be rescued by boat from their home in Memorial City when water flooded the first floor of their house. His grandparents tried to stick it out in their home but family came to get them when water reached the first step outside their door.
“I’m glad I’m not there,” Stripling said of the drama playing out in flooded neighborhoods throughout the Houston area. “I mean, I’d like to be there to help. But I don’t know what I could do.”
Stripling said he and his fiancée, Shelby Gassiott, have no idea the state of their apartment in Texas. His mother offered to go check on it – but there is no way for her to get there with many roads flooded.
Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir is a Houston native. He said his family is fine and his home remains above the floodwaters as of Monday. A second house on a lake in the area hasn’t fared as well.
Kazmir has pledged $130,000 to recovery efforts in his hometown – $10,000 each to the Coalition for Homeless, the Houston Food Bank and the Houston SPCA plus $100,000 to the Bayou City Fellowship in Cypress, Texas.
Shortstop Corey Seager has been nursing a sore elbow for “a couple weeks,” according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, and will not play in the field for at least a few days to rest his throwing arm.
Seager was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Over the past two weeks, Roberts has given Seager two days off and played him at DH for one game in Detroit. The Dodgers also had two off days in that stretch.
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