SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' new double-play combination was reunited in Friday's 15-3 loss to the D-backs after missing three games, as shortstop Corey Seager returned from a bruised shin and second baseman John Forsythe was back after his final lubrication injection in his right knee.The duo even turned a
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' new double-play combination was reunited in Friday's 15-3 loss to the D-backs after missing three games, as shortstop Corey Seager returned from a bruised shin and second baseman John Forsythe was back after his final lubrication injection in his right knee.
The duo even turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the bottom of the fifth inning on Gregor Blanco's bouncer, a payoff from extra practice the two put in getting familiar on Thursday.
"Logan did a good job showing his range and Corey did a nice job on a tough play," said manager Dave Roberts. "It was good to see them out there and they'll be fine. Try to keep them together going forward as much as we can."
The rhythm and flow between middle infielders is best developed through repetitions, so even with a Spring Training extended by the World Baseball Classic, Roberts wants to strike a balance avoiding overwork while getting the pair into a seamless groove.
"Luckily we got out there yesterday, the first time it was just me and him," Seager said. "I showed where I play, he showed me where he plays. It's just getting the grasp of how he works. It's nice to get one at game speed. It's fine and dandy in practice, but it's nice to get the game speed and tempo."
Seager also grounded into a double play, running slowly to first base. But he said he had no pain and had been told to "take it easy today. It was non-restricted. It felt pretty good."
Forsythe appeared to be running at full speed on his third-inning single and into a slide at second on Seager's double-play grounder. Forsythe also was pleased with the results from their early work.
"It's nice to have the extra time this spring to get out there and get extra work in together," said Forsythe. "We're seeing each other and getting the feel of each other out there."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.