Seager (elbow) reports no issues playing SS

Dodgers star expected to play defense in Cactus League game Friday

March 15th, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- on Wednesday came out of his second game on defense with no elbow issues and is looking to advance from the Minor League fields to a Cactus League game this week.

Seager, who has been on an extended throwing program after injuring his right elbow last season, made two accurate throws from shortstop during his seven innings against Class A players from the White Sox system. He also fielded a bouncer behind the second-base bag and flipped underhand to second base.

"It's just about getting his workload up and building his body up," manager Dave Roberts said.

Seager has yet to make a throw from deep in the hole at shortstop, behind second base or a relay from the outfield. But he said he has no doubt he'll be ready for Opening Day. He said an upcoming test is playing on back-to-back days (his first game on defense was Monday and Tuesday was a day off).

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Roberts said Seager would be the designated hitter for the Dodgers on Thursday and will play defense in a Cactus League game for the first time this spring on Friday.

Hernandez handles business

is tired of being known as a "lefty killer." His home run, double and five RBIs on Wednesday night off Colorado's in an 11-6 Dodgers win was the latest evidence that Hernandez can hit hard-throwing right-handers, too, and he wants the chance when the season starts.

"I've never really gotten the opportunity to prove that's not the case," Hernandez said, noting that he hit righties throughout the Minor Leagues, only to struggle against them in the Majors. "I got the reputation of hitting lefties and not righties and started to put pressure on myself and make one at-bat count as 10. It escalated and snowballed and here we are, trying to prove people wrong."

The super utilityman said he made a physical adjustment late last season with instructor Shawn Wooten to keep his head still. The change reaped immediate rewards and he went on to his memorable three-homer performance in the Wrigley Field National League pennant clincher.

"I started to get my confidence back," he said. "The more I see righties, the better I'll get. So far, having a pretty good spring, and hopefully it carries over to the season. At the end of the game, my game will do the talking. I'm realistic. The last two years, I haven't done the job against righties. I know I've got to be better. They haven't given up on me for a reason. They can play me at a different position every night."

Wood dominates

All-Star Alex Wood made quick work of the White Sox Class A team with five scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing only one hit. caught the lefty.

"I got ahead for the most part and that makes things a lot easier," said Wood, who is expected to get two more Cactus League starts. "It's nice to get anybody out. From an intensity standpoint, you don't get the same work level as you do in a real big league game in front of fans. At the same time, the benefit of it is I can actually try to work on things mechanically, postural things I've been toying with. You can try things in the bullpen, but it translates different at game speed."

Camp battle

Matt Kemp, starting in left field, went 1-for-4 with a run scored. came off the bench and was 0-for-1. came off the bench and was 1-for-1 with a double. came off the bench and was 1-for-1 with a bloop double. , who has done nothing wrong this spring but seemingly has no place to play, slugged a two-run homer, his third of spring. He has a 1.677 OPS.

Injury update

, who missed two games with arm tenderness, returned to the lineup Wednesday night.

Up next

Rich Hill starts at 1:05 p.m. PT Thursday against and the Royals at Camelback Ranch. The game will be available on MLB.TV. will pitch in a Minor League game.