PHOENIX — Corey Seager played seven more innings at shortstop in a minor league game against the White Sox on Wednesday, and reiterated that his elbow is giving him no problems and vows to be ready for opening day.
Thursday was the second game on the back fields this week for Seager, who has yet to play in a Cactus League game this spring. That will change later this week, with Seager set to DH on Thursday in the Dodgers’ major league game, followed by playing shortstop for the Dodgers on Friday against the Diamondbacks.
So far Seager hasn’t had many chances at shortstop in his two games, but hasn’t had any issues with his elbow at all with the throws he has made.
“A couple backhands would be nice just to really let one go but other than that I’m really not worried about it,” Seager said.
Alex Wood was also in that minor league game with Seager, and pitched five nearly perfect innings against Class-A hitters, the outing designed more to work on things than actual results.
“It was a confidence builder for him,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He wanted five innings and got everything he wanted out of it.”
Major league action
In the big stadium at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday night the Dodgers beat the Rockies 11-6.
Kiké Hernandez, in advance of a profile of sorts on him coming on Thursday morning, did the heavy lifting for the Dodgers on offense against Colorado. He hit a three-run home run against right-hander Jon Gray in the second inning then hit a two-run double in the fourth, also against Gray.
“I want to give Doc the headache of ‘What are we going to do with Kiké?’ I feel like I’m ready,” said Hernandez, a career .207/.265/.324 hitter against righties. “I don’t want to just be a super utility guy who can play everywhere but can’t hit righties.”
Kyle Farmer continued his torrid spring with another home run. He is 10-for-20 (.500) this spring with three home runs and three doubles.
Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon against the Royals, a 1:05 p.m. PT start that will be televised by SportsNet LA and (for those out of market) MLB Network.
Also at 1 p.m., Kenta Maeda will start a game on the back fields of Camelback Ranch against Indians minor leaguers.
Walker Buehler remains in line to start Friday against Arizona, though that’s not official yet. The Dodgers play the Diamondbacks six times in their first 15 games and 10 times in their first 31 games, and would prefer not to give Arizona’s hitters an extra look at one of the five presumed starters in the major league rotation to open the campaign.