Corey Seager Set for Cactus League Return

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The Los Angeles Dodgers received a bit of good news in the injury department on Friday when shortstop Corey Seager resumed normal baseball activities just one day after testing himself with four at-bats in a controlled, minor league game.

Seager appeared as designated hitter in the game, and although he was retired in all four of his ABs, wasn’t permitted to run the bases even if he had put the ball in play.

Earlier the same morning, Seager took part in running drills which included sliding and breaking back towards first base during several pickoff attempts.

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts revealed to the media that the rookie shortstop may appear in a major league spring training game within the next couple of days, and without any setbacks, should be ready for Opening Day on April 4.

Although admittedly a bit rusty, Seager told Doug Padilla of ESPN that he’s free of any pain and that he’s in a good place mentally. He also said that facing live pitching is his biggest concern, as he hopes to make four to five simulated plate appearances each day until he’s ready to appear in a Cactus League game.

“I’ve had no problems so far so that’s been nice. Mentally it’s been great because there has been no pain. It would probably be a little more frustrating if there was a little pain. If I had any setbacks that would kind of mess with me mentally. So far it’s been good on both sides, physically and mentally,” he said.

“There was 100 percent rust,” Seager added. “It was two weeks now of no ABs, so you’re not going to get right back at it where you want to be at this point of spring training. That’s OK, I’ll go out and get a couple of ABs a day and hopefully get back.”

Enrique Hernandez, Elian Herrera and Charlie Culberson have been taking the bulk of repetitions at shortstop during the time that Seager’s been sidelined.

Seager, the preseason favorite to win National League Rookie of the Year, suffered the injury initially when rounding first base after hitting a single against the Angels during a spring training game on March 11. An MRI administered a day later revealed a mild sprain of the left knee.

In five Cactus League games this year, Seager is hitting .231 (3-for-13) with one double.

After being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma last September, he slashed .337/.425/.561 in 27 games played for the Dodgers during the 2015 campaign.

(3/29/16 Update via Eric Stephen of True Blue LA)

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