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Friedman in no rush to promote Seager

Dodgers top shortstop prospect continues to make strides

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, indicated Saturday that he's in no hurry to rush the team's No. 1 prospect, shortstop Corey Seager, to the Major Leagues.

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"He continues to make improvement each and every day," Friedman said of the 21-year-old. "We don't have a date circled on the calendar, as much as we want to do everything we can to put Corey in position to be as good a Major League player as he can be as quickly as he can be."

Seager tore up Double-A for one month, batting .375 with a 1.082 OPS, before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He struggled for three weeks, batting .238, then caught fire and is hitting .297 there with an .815 OPS. He has missed the last two games with a jammed finger that the club does not believe is serious.

Friedman also said he's pleased with the all-around play of veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was acquired so Seager wouldn't be rushed. Friedman said Rollins' .200 batting average doesn't reflect his power, defense and leadership skills.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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