Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL

March 27th, 2017

PHOENIX -- will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing and will go on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday.

Seager, recovered from a strained oblique, will miss the first two games of the Freeway Series in Anaheim, and he will play in Minor League games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, where he can get unlimited at-bats.

Roberts said Seager will rejoin the Dodgers on Saturday for the final Freeway Series game at Dodger Stadium. Roberts stressed that Seager is healthy and said that he is expected to play Opening Day, April 3 against the Padres.

"Corey's healthy and it's just ramping up the at-bats," said Roberts. "We want him to feel comfortable in the batter's box. Tomorrow he'll be off, Wednesday he'll log four to five or six [innings]. I would expect him to miss the two games in Anaheim. For me, realistically, he'll be back for the last game at Dodger Stadium."

By constrast, Kazmir will go on the disabled list with an unspecified left hip injury that has contributed to an alarming lack of velocity. In his Sunday start against Texas, his first in three weeks, Kazmir averaged 84 mph and topped out at 87 mph.

Roberts excused Kazmir from Monday's workout and expects him back in camp on Tuesday. Kazmir missed most of the last two months of the 2016 season with back and neck issues.

"As far as the potential disabled list, it's looking like he'll start the season on the DL," said Roberts. "I told him we've got to figure this out. It's not his arm, but we've got to get to the bottom of it. It's something with the hip. We just can't understand why there's just no velocity. Don't know if it's a strength thing or what."

Roberts also said non-roster infielder Charlie Culberson left camp for the birth of his third child. Culberson has had a solid Spring, but he's not likely to beat out or Chris Taylor (both on the 40-man roster) for the final infielder spot.