Seager on track to make Opening Day lineup

For the second time in as many days, Dodgers top shortstop prospect Corey Seager played six innings in a Triple-A minor league game on the backfields of Camelback Ranch.

Seager, who sprained his left knee while rounding first base back on March 11, had been taking at-bats in minor league games up until Saturday but did not run or play on defense.

In Monday’s game, the 21-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina native made several defensive plays including a hard line drive to his left. He also batted second in each of the first five innings going 1 for 5. His one hit, a sharp single to left, was bobbled by the left fielder prompting Seager to try for second but he was thrown out on the play.

Seager gave his knee a good test on Monday when he had to break to his right to field a hard line drive. According to manager Dave Roberts, he came out of the outing without any issues. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

Seager gave his left knee a good workout on Monday when he had to break to his right to field a hard line drive. According to manager Dave Roberts, Seager came out of the outing without any issues.
(Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

“He was moving around really well,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “He’ll be in a game over [on the minor league side] again [Tuesday] afternoon.”

On Saturday Roberts told reporters that Seager would be returning to L.A. with the team (as opposed to remaining in Arizona for extended spring training) and that he would probably see action during the Freeway Series against the Angels. If he comes out of those games without any issues he will more than likely be in the starting lineup when the Dodgers open their 2016 season against the Padres in San Diego on April 4.

 

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4 Responses to “Seager on track to make Opening Day lineup”

  1. Ron Cervenka says:

    Roberts said on Tuesday morning that Seager will play in Thursday’s Freeway Series game against the Angels.

  2. SoCalBum says:

    Not sure why Dodgers don’t DH Seager today against the Indians, then play SS Thursday and Friday (6 innings) and DH on Saturday when teams play in Anaheim? That would get him around 12 at bats against ML pitching and 12 +/- innings in the field. If Seager is not ready to hit against ML pitching I would rather see him start the season in OKC.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      I can assure you that that isn’t even being considered.

    • Respect the Rivalry says:

      He’s already batting against minor league pitching. I doubt if he needs more of that.
      He’s scheduled to play tomorrow. Apparently nothing said beyond that. Probably that’ll be decided on a day to day basis. That seems to fit what you’re thinking.
      These are still ST games, so probably DH is teams option in all three. I’m thinking the Dodgers want their pitchers to get some plate appearances before the season starts.

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