PHOENIX — Corey Seager will get to wear a glove in an actual game, with the Dodgers planning to use him at shortstop as early as next week.
The plan is for Seager to play five innings at shortstop in a minor league game against the Rangers on Monday, the first day of the minor league schedule.
“Wednesday he’ll be most likely he’ll be back in the A game with us,” manager Dave Roberts said. The Dodgers are off on Tuesday, then host the Rockies on Wednesday night, Mar. 14 at Camelback Ranch.
Seager thus far has been limited to designated hitter duty only while on a limited throwing program after an offseason of rehabbing right elbow inflammation. In five Cactus League games Seager is 2-for-14 (.143) with a double and a walk, including back-to-back starts on Monday and Tuesday this week.
Roberts has estimated, depending on the day when asked, that Seager would probably need between 7-10 games at shortstop to get ready for the regular season. Wednesday’s game against Colorado starts the home stretch of 14 days left on the exhibition schedule, before the Dodgers open the regular season on Thursday, Mar. 29 against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
This is nothing new for Seager, who has been sidelined for weeks at a time in each of his three spring training camps on the 40-man roster, missing time in 2016 with a sprained knee and suffering a sore oblique in 2017. He totaled 30 plate appearances in Cactus League games the last two seasons, and started on opening day both years.