SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have more than casual interest in a 10 a.m. "B" game against the White Sox on Monday, with the health of Corey Seager and Kenley Jansen under scrutiny.Seager will play defense in a game for the first time this spring, the beginning of a two-week
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have more than casual interest in a 10 a.m. "B" game against the White Sox on Monday, with the health of Corey Seager and Kenley Jansen under scrutiny.
Seager will play defense in a game for the first time this spring, the beginning of a two-week acid test for his throwing elbow, which Seager chose to rehab over the winter instead of having surgery. Seager said every throw he made late in the season hurt.
Jansen, who has been on a drastically reduced workload in camp after a grueling 2017, was scratched from a Friday Cactus League debut with left hamstring tightness. With the size of Jansen's legs, there's a lot of hamstring to worry about. He was able to simulate his delivery on a mound on Sunday.
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On Wednesday, Thomas Stripling will start in the Cactus League game and Alex Wood will pitch in a "B" game. Kenta Maeda starts on Thursday, Rich Hill on Friday and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Chase Utley was given two days off and will return to the lineup on Monday.
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After going 3-for-3 with his fourth home run, Matt Kemp said he's never been in a lineup as deep as this Dodgers group that beat the Rockies on Sunday, 13-7. Joining Kemp, Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs, Chris Taylor drove in three runs, Seager drove in two and Justin Turner had two hits.
"I was talking to J.T. the other day. This lineup, everybody can eat, one through nine," said Kemp, continuing his strong bid for the left-field job and conceding his mindset is different competing for a job for the first time in a decade.
"We've got four or five guys that can drive in 100 runs. It's deep and you don't have to put too much pressure on yourself to be the man, because every day anybody can be the man. Everybody's dangerous, even the pitchers."
"He's a tough out," said manager Dave Roberts. "It's great when you get a very good player who's motivated."
A score of cuts
Among the 20 players assigned to the Minor Leagues late Saturday night was pitcher Brock Stewart, who Roberts said needs to show more pitch consistency. He will be used as a starter in the Minor Leagues, as will Dennis Santana. Henry Owens, a spring project because of wildness, will be used as a reliever in the Minors.
Non-roster players who survived the cut for an extended look are Jake Peter, Will Smith, Rocky Gale, Donovan Solano, Pat Venditte, Manny Banuelos and Mark Lowe.
In addition to Kemp's big day, Trayce Thompson was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts; Alvin Toles was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and he shied away from a foul ball that fell on the warning track (he blew out his knee on the warning track last year); Alex Verdugo was 0-for-1 and threw a runner out at the plate from left field; Enrique Hernandez was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
In the bullpen battle, Wilmer Font rebounded from his first bad outing with two scoreless innings. Font is out of options and is in contention for the last bullpen spot that opened with the injury to Tom Koehler.
"It was good to see him on the attack," Roberts said of Font.
Seager (elbow) and Jansen (hamstring) get game tested in Monday's "B" game.
Clayton Kershaw starts Monday against Milwaukee and Junior Guerra at Camelback Ranch. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. PT. Fans can listen live on Gameday Audio.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.