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Corey Seager on track for opening day, could play in Cactus League game this week

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager continued to increase his activity on Friday and looks in line to be ready by opening day as he recovers from a sprained left knee.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Seager ran "under a controlled setting" earlier Friday, then had four at bats plus a walk in the Double-A and Triple-A spring training games played on the Camelback Ranch back fields.

Seager didn't run nor play in field but Roberts said that Seager should play in a Major League spring training game "in the next couple of days."

Seager injured his knee on March 11 against the Angels.

Roberts, who only saw Seager a handful of times while with the Padres times last September, has been impressed with Seager's hitting potential this spring.

"His skill set is tremendous," Roberts said. "He's a great young man."

Notes

Don Newcombe is throwing out a ceremonial first pitch on Friday night at Camelback Ranch.

Carlos Frias has pitched three innings once so far this spring, but is expected to stretch out to four or five innings for this game. "For us it's important to see him in this role as we make this decision on a number-five starter, so yes, it is big start," Roberts said.

Roberts estimated the Dodgers would take approximately 35 players to southern California for the three-game exhibition Freeway Series against the Angels, including some extras from the minor league side.